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  • May 12, 2008 9:05 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Brown v. Board of Education: a 54th Anniversary Reminder of the Importance of the Supreme Court

    As George Orwell might put it, all Supreme Court decisions are important, but some are more important than others. And in the history of our country, there can be little doubt that one of the Court’s most important decisions was…

  • May 6, 2008 9:03 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Reflections on Mildred Jeter Loving, an American Hero, and the Importance of the Supreme Court

    A very heroic woman died yesterday. She probably never wanted to be a hero. She did want to be a wife, though. But back in Virginia in the late 1950s, when Mildred Jeter, a black woman, fell in love with…

  • April 28, 2008 9:02 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    The Supreme Court Makes It Harder To Vote

    The state of Indiana has the most restrictive voter I.D. law in the country. Show up at the polls without a currently valid, government-issued photo I.D., and you can’t vote. I realize that to many Americans, that doesn’t sound like…

  • April 16, 2008 9:02 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    The Supreme Court: What a Difference an Election Makes

    April 18, 2007 is the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling upholding a federal ban on certain abortion procedures even though the law did not include an exception to protect a woman’s health. And that ruling, which significantly…

  • March 27, 2008 8:56 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Court Allows FedEx Age Discrimination Case to Go Forward

    In a 7-2 decision today, the Supreme Court held that current and former employees of FedEx who had sued the company claiming age discrimination could proceed with their lawsuit. At issue before the Court was whether one of the employees…

  • March 26, 2008 9:01 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Been Stuck on a Plane With Overflowing Toilets Lately?

    Well, thanks to a ruling yesterday by a trio of judges put on the federal bench by President George W. Bush, New York State's efforts to give a modicum of human dignity to airline passengers stuck in planes for hours…

  • March 20, 2008 9:00 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Reflections on Fourth Circuit Oral Argument in Church-State Case

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit does not inform those who argue before it of the identities of the judges on the three-judge panels who will be hearing specific cases until the very morning of the…

  • March 18, 2008 8:59 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Religious Right Using Lawsuit in Attempt to Undermine Church-State Separation

    In 2006, the Rev. Hashmel Turner, a member of the Fredericksburg City Council, took the bizarre step of suing his own City Council. Councilor Turner’s complaint? As an elected government official, he wants the special right to begin City Council…

  • March 3, 2008 8:57 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Marriage Back in Court — Another Chance for California to Make History

    Sixty years ago, the California Supreme Court courageously became the first in the country to strike down a law that prohibited interracial marriage — a full twenty years before the United States Supreme Court effectively wiped such laws off the…

  • February 26, 2008 8:55 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Supreme Court Rules on Sprint Age Discrimination Case

    The Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion today by Justice Thomas in Sprint v. Mendelsohn, an employment discrimination case in which PFAWF had joined eleven other civil rights groups in filing an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiff-employee,…

  • January 29, 2008 8:53 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    The State of the Judiciary and the Bush Legacy

    Individual Rights, Access to Justice Threatened President Bush's final State of the Union address will in part be an effort to shape the public view of his presidency. But here's something he won't say: a long-lasting part of his legacy…

  • January 22, 2008 8:46 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Roe v. Wade at 35: Up For Grabs in the Next Election

    January 22, 2008 is the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision recognizing that a woman’s constitutional right to privacy includes the right to choose to end a pregnancy. Without question, Roe is one of the leading…

  • January 10, 2008 8:45 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Supreme Court Hears Argument on Indiana Voter ID Law

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the consolidated cases of Crawford v. Marion Cty. Election Board and Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita, a case that could affect the fundamental right of Americans to vote and possibly even the outcome…

  • December 27, 2007 8:38 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Washington Post Editorial Gets It Wrong On Nominees

    An editorial in today's Washington Post calls on the Senate to act quickly on President Bush's nominees to the Fourth Circuit. But as PFAW Legal Director Judith E. Schaeffer pointed out in a Letter to the Editor, the Post has…

  • December 13, 2007 8:44 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    DOJ Supports Restrictive Voter ID Law

    This week, the Bush Department of Justice filed an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court in the Indiana voter ID case (Crawford v. Marion Cty. Election Board), supporting the state's imposition of the most restrictive voter ID barriers in…

  • December 5, 2007 8:42 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Supreme Court Hears Detainee Case

    The Supreme Court today heard oral argument in Boumediene v. Bush, an important separation of powers case in which detainees at Guantanamo are challenging the constitutionality of the Military Commissions Act, which prohibits them from challenging the legality of their…

  • December 4, 2007 8:41 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Supreme Court Hears Employment Discrimination Case

    On Monday, December 3, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Sprint v. Mendelsohn, an employment discrimination case brought by Ellen Mendelsohn, a former Sprint employee who believes that she was unlawfully selected for a company-wide reduction in force because…

  • November 25, 2007 8:35 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Supreme Court to Hear Controversial Gun Control Law Case

    District of Columbia v. Heller, No. 07-290 On November 20, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a highly controversial case that, whichever way it is decided, is likely to produce a landmark ruling on the issue of gun control and…

  • November 20, 2007 8:34 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Indiana Voter ID in January

    Today, the Supreme Court set oral argument in the Indiana voter ID case for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, only 12 days after briefing is completed in this case. PFAWF has joined with many other civil rights groups, academics,…

  • November 14, 2007 8:33 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    PFAWF Files Amicus Brief in Indiana Voter ID Case

    As PFAWF has previously noted on Court Watch, the Supreme Court this term will be hearing an important case challenging the constitutionality of Indiana's restrictive voter ID law, which unnecessarily burdens the rights of eligible voters, particularly minorities, the elderly,…