Clarence Thomas

Liberals Should Be Happy About the Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Decision
April 22, 2014

It's entirely in keeping with the judicial restraint we've been urging right-wing justices to observe. And it could have been much worse.

Clarence Thomas Does Not Share the Founding Fathers' View of Corruption
October 11, 2013

On the second day of the Supreme Court term, the justices debated whether limits on aggregate campaign contributions were necessary to prevent individual donors from corrupting politicians through quid pro quo gifts.

Debating the Court's Voting Rights Decision
June 25, 2013

Legal scholars of the right and left take on the Supreme Court's decision to undo the Voting Rights Act.

Debating the Court's Affirmative Action Decision
An exchange
June 24, 2013

Lawyers from left and right pick apart the court's non-ruling in the Fisher case (and each other, too).

Big Chief
July 13, 2012

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Who’s the Supreme Court Leaker?
July 02, 2012

If for some reason you haven’t read the remarkable Jan Crawford piece about how John Roberts changed his vote on health care, then you really should. As Jonathan Cohn points out, Crawford is well-sourced and highly credible on matters involving legal conservatives, and she based her account on “two sources with specific knowledge of the deliberations.” The obvious next question, as Orin Kerr writes, is “who leaked”?

Off the Record: The Ineffective Archival Methods of the Supreme Court
March 29, 2012

[Guest post by Perry Stein and Simon Meiners] The three-day marathon Supreme Court hearing on Obamacare is over and, to no one’s surprise, Justice Clarence Thomas didn’t say a word. The justice has long-been famous for his silence on the bench, having spoken just once since 2006. We decided to determine precisely how many times Thomas has spoken during oral arguments since he joined the bench in 1991. The task seemed pretty simple: just search through the Supreme Court transcripts.

Why the Supreme Court Justices Won’t Be Crudely Political When They Rule on Obamacare
March 29, 2012

In the weeks preceding the Obamacare case, many veteran Supreme Court-watchers could not bring themselves to believe that a majority of the justices would find the individual health insurance mandate unconstitutional.

Will the Court Uphold Health Care Reform? Survey Says...
March 19, 2012

Las Vegas hasn’t posted odds on whether the Supreme Court will reject health care reform. But the American Bar Association has done the next best thing. As part of a special publication devoted to the case, the ABA surveyed a group of veteran observers and asked them to predict the outcome. The results? Eighty-five percent predicted that the court will uphold the law. The ABA won’t say how it picked the experts; it promised anonymity to guarantee candor. So make of the results what you will. But those experts seem to part of a broader consensus.

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