UN Court

September 15, 2012

My mother’s old now; she’s almost my baby. Soon she’ll have to go to school.  Death will have to take her. He has her during the week, I get her on weekends. I’m like my mother— neither of us can drive. The court didn’t care for that. That’s why I didn’t win full custody. So, on weekends, my mother and I wait at a bus shelter. Death’s around here someplace— no such thing as unsupervised visits, with him. I’d kill for a restraining order, but that would require his assistance.  I’d accuse him of breaking the bus-shelter window, but that’s not his style.

Why the Supreme Court May Soon Strike Down a Key Section of the Voting Rights Act
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The Voting Rights Act may be doomed when it reaches the Supreme Court next year.

How Nuanced is Justice Scalia’s Judicial Philosophy? An Exchange
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BRYAN A. GARNER:Hardly was I surprised that Judge Richard A. Posner did not warmly embrace Reading Law, the book on textualism I coauthored with Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Incoherence of Antonin Scalia
August 24, 2012

America's most prominent conservative judge offers a blistering assessment of the Supreme Court's most outspoken conservative justice.

Keeping Our Heads
August 24, 2012

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The Barnes Foundation's Disastrous New Home
August 24, 2012

THE BARNES FOUNDATION, that grand old curmudgeonly lion of a museum, has been turned into what may be the world’s most elegant petting zoo. I am not surprised that the members of the press, after touring the Foundation’s new home on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, have by and large been pleased. We live in a period when everything is supposed to be easy, whether preparing dinner, accessing the news, or looking at art. And the old Barnes, for three quarters of a century a splendidly ornery landmark in Merion, a suburb of Philadelphia, was not easy.