Tag archives for Supreme Court

The Wound at the Heart of the Supreme Court Confirmation Process

It hasn’t always been this way.  There is only one way to fix it.  And it ain’t pretty. The newest Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson – a former clerk of the Justice she has been chosen to replace, a federal practitioner of criminal defense, former member of the United States Sentencing Commission, and near-decade […]

V’s Legalese: An Introduction and Mission Statement

Dear Readers, Boy, the Supreme Court sure can be dull sometimes. If you’ve ever tried reading a judicial opinion, you probably got about four or five paragraphs in before seeing a citation for a case you’ve never heard of. It appears like an orange cone tossed into the middle of a NASCAR track. Suddenly you […]

A Lament for the Decline of Reasoned Discourse

“I attack ideas; I don’t attack people. And some very good people have some very bad ideas. And if you can’t separate the two . . . you don’t want to be a judge.” Justice Scalia died of natural causes and was quite certainly not assassinated.  But given the abundance of disrespect and vilification in discourse […]

Abortion: Morality & Politics (proceed with caution)

  2016 Update: This position is no longer the position I hold. I stand by what was written in 2013 as genuine at the time that it was written. And I have not changed a word of it since. But for those who end up reading it now, this is an old post with an […]