Chrenkoff notes the media is spinning Saddam’s trial, making him out to be some sort of defiant anti-hero. Defiant is true; he wasn’t dictator of Iraq for nothing. However, the media headlines seem more intent on Saddam’s assertions that Bush is the true criminal. Reading the news reports, I was struck by how Saddam’s responses [...]
Via Ipse Dixit, the Kentucky Supreme Court just overturned a 21-year decision that barred homicide charges against someone accused of killing a fetus. Murder or manslaughter charges may be brought if the fetus would have been viable outside the mother’s womb (approximately six or seven months into the pregnancy). While this doesn’t apply to abortions [...]
Meant to post this yesterday, but didn’t get around to it. SCOTUS ducked the Pledge of Allegiance issue, once again showing its spinelessness in cases where the clear majority of the people disagree with the plaintiff AND where the plaintiff is standing in murky legal water. SCOTUS found Michael Newdow did not have legal authority [...]
Another military tradition has been demolished by the courts. This one is a prayer spoken at mealtimes at Virginia Military Institute. The prayer reads, “Now, O God, we receive this food and share this meal together with thanksgiving. Amen.” Two students there asked for the prayer ceremony to be changed, and VMI refused. The cadets [...]
The Supreme Court will be hearing the Pledge of Allegiance case today (Newdow v. Elk Grove) and will decide whether the phrase “under God” is unconstitutional. According to a poll, nine out of ten Americans want the phrase to remain. I’ll be keeping a close watch on the results of this one.
13 Republican lawmakers have asked Ruth Bader Ginsberg to sit out of any abortion cases because of her affiliation with the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. With Justice Scalia being reprimanded for his affiliation with the Cheney hunting party, is this tit-for-tat politics, or just appropriate for impartiality on the highest court? Justice Scalia’s [...]