Supreme Court says taking your DNA after arrest is legal

SCOTUS says it's OK to take your DNA without a warrant

“Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.” ~ Justice Anthony Kennedy (writing for the Supreme Court’s five-justice majority)

It appears that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took a hit today in a 5-4 decision.… [Read more]

Racial Entitlement

Justice Scalia and "Racial Entitlements"

During oral arguments on a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia likened congressional support for the Act to a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” Just what was Scalia saying? Was he saying black people do not have a right to have their vote protected?

When I hear “racial entitlement” I think of the first 350 years in this land and the fact white people were entitled to everything — jobs, education, social mobility, protection, pride, land and status — and black people were entitled to nothing.… [Read more]

Some Senators get it, but some on the SCOTUS don’t: Voting Rights are Crucial

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent this e-mail today, hoping that the citizens of her state, and citizens around the nation, will take action:

The Supreme Court’s oral arguments on the Voting Rights Act begin today.

We have to speak up in support of this landmark civil rights act now. There’s no time for silence. Not when a strike to this civil rights law would cause serious harm to our democracy.[Read more]

Professor Antonin Scalia: Judicial Independence 101

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In the midst of the gloom expressed over the continued moribund state of the American economy, it heartened yer obedient scribe to see that even a 76 year old, life appointed US Supreme Court justice can rock his inner capitalist and push publishing royalties with the best of them. Hollywood celeb tell-alls, the Harry Potter franchise, Da Vinci Code hilarity, and (forthcoming) the wit and wisdom of Nancy Grace, certain contender for the world’s thinnest book award – step aside!… [Read more]

SCOTUS: A Vote of No Confidence

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I found the following poll this morning:

“I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one: a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little? What about the U.S. Supreme Court?”[Read more]