Kagan Sworn In As Supreme Court Justice
Aug. 6, 2010 - Elena Kagan was sworn in today by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 112th justice and fourth woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court.
- Kagan isn't expected to alter the ideological balance of the court, where Stevens was considered a leader of the liberals.
Senators to Press Kagan on Specifics After Opening Day
Jun. 29, 2010 - Questioning of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan begins today with tough questions from Republican Senators even though she probably has enough Democrat votes to confirm her.
Some Republicans fear that she might become a judicial activist. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, said Kagan had "less real legal experience of any nominee in at least 50 years."
- He said her decision to bar military recruiters from Harvard Law School's career services office was in violation of the law -- a legal conclusion disputed by the White House.
- Source: Fox
Obama Taps Kagan for Supreme Court Post
May 10, 2010 - President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan to replace Justice John Paul Stevens. At 50, she has had a brilliant career including the post of Dean of Harvard's Law School and her present post as U.S. Solicitor General.
Some conservatives think Kagan's confirmation would amount to a rubber stamp of the Obama agenda. She opposes the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
- Hurdles for Kagan in her confirmation process could include the fact that she has never been a judge and her push to oust military recruiters from the Harvard Law School campus when she was dean.
- Source: Fox
- Obama Nominates Kagan for Supreme Court - Fox
- The question everyone's whispering about Kagan - WorldNetDaily
- So Is She Gay? - Andrew Sullivan - The Atlantic
Sessions Blasts Sotomayor as 'Out of the Mainstream' Before Confirmation Hearings
July 13, 2009 - The first day of hearings on the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court begins with statements from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, followed by Sotomayor's own statement.
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the leading Judiciary Committee Republican says she is "out of the mainstream" of legal thinking and has a very activist judicial profile.
- Sessions also said on CBS's "The Early Show" that he thought the native New York appeals court judge deserves a fair hearing. He quickly added that Republicans on the Judiciary panel won't hesitate to question her closely on her judicial philosophy.
- Source: Fox
Sotomayor Tells Senator She "Never Thought About" Rights of Unborn on Abortion
June 11, 2009 - In the process of meeting with each Senator, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was asked an important question by Senator Jim DeMint.
Because of this DeMint questions whether Sotomayor has an "unwavering commitment to the Constitution and equal justice for all Americans."
- "When I asked if an unborn child has any rights whatsoever, I was surprised that she said she had never thought about it," he said.
According to the Washington Times, Sotomayor was a member of the board of directors of a Hispanic group, and a part-time head of its litigation committee, that filed several legal briefs urging support for unlimited abortions.
- Source: LifeNews.com
Obama Picks Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court
May 26, 2009 - An anonymous source says President Barack Obama will nominate federal appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court today. If approved by the Senate she will succeed retiring Justice David Souter.
She will be the first hispanic to be nominated to the Supreme Court.
- Administration officials say Sotomayor would bring more judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice confirmed in the past 70 years.
She was confirmed an appeals judge more than a decade ago by the Senate. At that time she said, "I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it."
- Source: NewsMax (Story no longer online)
- Sotomayor reversed 60% by high court - Washington Times
- Christian Groups Leery of Sotomayor Nomination - Crosswalk
Alito sworn in as nation's 110th Supreme Court justice
Feb. 1, 2006
Judge Alito Hearing Begins Today
Jan. 9, 2006 - The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin a week-long hearing to determine Judge Samuel Alito's qualifications to become a Supreme Court Justice. It is likely that the hearings will be contentious since Senators on both sides of the issue are prepared and highly motivated to probe his views on abortion, the death penalty, freedom of religion and other controversial topics.
Nov. 1, 2005 - President Bush's nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court has been welcomed by conservatives, but questioned by liberals.
Some who do not like the choice have threatened to use a filibuster to impede the process. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said a filibuster could be stopped if necessary.
- Democrats fear Mr Alito could swing the court too far to the right and have threatened to block his nomination.
- Source: MSN
- Raw Data: Reactions to Nomination - Fox
Bush Nominates Alito for Supreme Court
October 31, 2005 - Four days after the withdrawal of the Meiers nomination, President Bush named Samuel Alito as his nominee.
- If approved, Alito — considered a conservative federal judge — will replace O'Connor, a moderate who has been considered a decisive swing vote in a host of affirmative action, abortion, campaign finance, discrimination and death penalty cases.
- Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid 'Disappointed' Over Alito - NewsMax
Harriet Miers withdraws
Oct. 27, 2005 - The nomination of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court has reached a point, with opposition from some of the President's own conservative base, and demands from Senators for papers that are protected by executive privilege, that Ms. Meirs felt she should withdraw.
- Miers informed the president last night of her decision, submitting a letter that said she was concerned the confirmation process "would create a burden for the White House and our staff that is not in the best interest of the country."
Dobson reveals 'privy' Miers info
Oct. 11 - Evangelical leader and Radio host, Dr. James Dobson clarified his conversation with President Bush's chief adviser Karl Rove regarding Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers. After he had said he had been given private assurances, some legislators assumed that Miers had pledged to vote against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. What Dobson had been told was much less specific. He said Rove had told him:
- Harriet Miers is an evangelical Christian, that she is from a very conservative church, which is almost universally pro-life, that she had taken on the American Bar Association on the issue of abortion and fought for a policy that would not be supportive of abortion, that she had been a member of the Texas Right to Life.
- Source: WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)
- Bush: Miers' Religion Is Part of Her Life - Fox
- Oct. 18 - Miers: Views on Abortion Still Not Public - Fox
Bush Picks Miers for Supreme Court
Oct. 3, 2005 - President Bush has picked White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. Miers has had a distinguished career in law. She was the first woman to serve as president of the Texas State Bar and the Dallas Bar Association. She has never been a judge.
- Source: Fox
- Next Pick May See Tougher Fight - Fox
- Sekulow Says Miers in ‘Conservative Mainstream' - NewsMax
- President Bush selects Harriet Miers for Supreme Court, dividing conservatives - BP News
- Miers Opposed ABA's Adoption of Pro-Abortion Stance
Roberts Sworn In as Chief Justice
Sept. 30, 2005 - John Roberts was sworn in as 17th chief justice of the United States at a White House ceremony Thursday.
- Earlier in the day, the Senate voted 78-22 in favor of sending Roberts to be the top judge of the land.
- Roberts Era Gets Under Way - Fox - Oct. 3, 2005
Judiciary Panel Approves Roberts
Sept. 22, 2005 - By a vote of 13-5 the Senate Judiciary Committee sent their approval of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to the full Senate. Favorable committee members included three Democrats. The Senate will start their debate on Monday, and vote on Thursday.
- Source: Fox
Roberts fields questions on abortion
Sept. 13, 2005 - On the second day of questioning in his confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts would not discuss his views on Roe v. Wade, because of cases pending in the Supreme Court at this time. He did say, however, that the concept of legal precedent is a “very important consideration.”
- “It’s settled as a precedent of the court, entitled to respect under principles of stare decisis,” the concept that long-settled decisions should be given extra weight, Roberts told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Roberts refuses comment on Roe but gives views on precedent - BP News
Bush Nominates Roberts as Chief Justice
September 5, 2005 - President Bush nominated John Roberts to succeed William H. Rehnquist as chief justice of the Supreme Court. The confirmation process is already underway for Roberts to fill the earlier vacancy caused by the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor. The president has asked the Senate to confirm him before the Supreme Court opens its fall term on Oct. 3. He said:
- He's a man of integrity and fairness and throughout his life he's inspired the respect and loyalty of others... John Roberts built a record of excellence and achievement and reputation for goodwill and decency toward others in his extraordinary career.
Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies of Cancer
Sept. 4, 2005 - Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died from thyroid cancer yesterday at the age of 80 years. He had served on the Supreme Court for 33 years. His death leaves a rare second vacancy on the high court, giving President Bush an opportunity to shape the course of the court for years to come.
- Rehnquist was appointed to the Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1971 by President Nixon and took his seat on Jan. 7, 1972. He was elevated to chief justice by President Reagan in 1986.
- Source:My Way (Story no longer online)
Roberts' Religion on the Media Mind
Aug. 3, 2005 - This article explores the many news stories and commentaries that raise the question about John Roberts' religious beliefs.
In America it is unconstitutional to discriminate against a potential candidate, even for the Supreme Court, on the basis of his or her religious beliefs.
- Law professor Jonathan Turley has reported in The Los Angeles Times that during a meeting with Roberts on Capitol Hill, Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, asked him about potential conflicts between his Catholic beliefs and the law when it came to abortion or the death penalty.
Gonzales: Court Not Bound by Roe v. Wade
July 27, 2005 - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that a Supreme Court justice is not obliged to follow precedent if he believes it's wrong. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts once wrote a legal opinion that the "Roe vs. Wade" decision was wrong, but he later agreed that, as a lower court judge, he would recognize it as "settled law."
Roberts Meets With Senators
July 26, 2005 - Supreme Court nominee John Roberts is holding face-to-face meetings with various Senators. Some Democrats among them are asking for documents Roberts wrote while working for both former Presidents Reagan and Bush.
Some of these documents are already available at the presidential libraries of Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. Others may not be cleared for public viewing due to security and privacy concerns. Such information is protected by attorney-client privilege.
- Roberts worked in the Reagan White House counsel's office from 1982-1986. He also was principal deputy solicitor general, a political appointment in the administration of the first President Bush.
- 'The Ginsburg Rule' - Roberts May Not Answer All Questions
- Battle under way over Bush pick for top court
Rehnquist Says He's Not Retiring
July 15, 2005 - Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist quashed speculation that he may retire soon. He has thyroid cancer and was hospitalized briefly this week, but on his release from the hospital he issued a statement saying he plans to stay on the court for as long as he can serve.
Bush Eager to Make A 'Very Important Selection'
July 6, 2005 - President Bush says he will not have a "litmus test" for his choice of a new Supreme Court Justice. He said:
- I'll pick people who one, can do the job; people who are honest, people who are bright; and people who will strictly interpret the Constitution and not use the bench to legislate from.
O'Connor Retires From Supreme Court
July 1, 2005 - Today, Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court announced her retirement from the position. She has been the "swing vote," on many controversial issues, often described as a "moderate conservative."
- A bruising Senate confirmation struggle loomed as President Bush pledged to name a successor quickly.
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