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Chief Justice Backs Peers’ Decision to Hear Health Law Case – NYTimes.com

Chief Justice Backs Peers’ Decision to Hear Health Law Case – NYTimes.com.

Chief Justice Defends Peers’ Hearing Case on Health Law

In the face of a growing controversy over whether two Supreme Court justices should disqualify themselves from the challenge to the 2010 health care overhaul law, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Saturday defended the court’s ethical standards.

The chief justice’s comments came in his annual report on the state of the federal judiciary. In it, he made what amounted to a vigorous defense of Justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan, who are facing calls to disqualify themselves from hearing the health care case, which will be argued over three days in late March. He did not, however, mention the justices by name.

“I have complete confidence in the capability of my colleagues to determine when recusal is warranted,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote. “They are jurists of exceptional integrity and experience whose character and fitness have been examined through a rigorous appointment and confirmation process.”


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– The Washington Post

Scalia and Thomas disagree about children and free speech

The Washington Post

The First Amendmentdoes not convey a free-speech right when minors are involved.
“The Framers could not possibly have understood ‘the freedom of speech’ to include an unqualified right to speak to minors,” Thomas wrote. “Specifically, I am sure that the founding generation would not have understood ‘the freedom of speech’ to include a right to speak to children without going through their parents.”

Thomas’s argument was the logical extension of his “originalist” position that the Constitution’s provisions be discerned by the most likely public understanding at the
time it was adopted.


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Unabhängigkeit der Justiz (7)

Wie die New York Times berichtet, zweifelt eine führende liberale Gruppe [Common Cause] die Unabhängigkeit von Clarence Thomas und Antonin Scalia [beide Richter am Supreme Court] im Verfahren um die Finanzierung von Wahlkämpfen an, weil sie (zu) Enge Verbindungen zur Koch-Gruppe haben, die ganz massiv mit Spenden zugunsten republikanischer Kandidaten in den letzten Wahlkampf eingegriffen hat und weil Clarence Thomas’ Ehefrau Virginia eine konservative politische Grupppierung (mit)begründet hat, die gegen die Obama Regierung agiert. Common Cause will erreichen, dass das Verfahren, in dem im vergangenen Jahr der Roberts Court eine richtungsweisende Entscheidung zur Ausweitung der Wahlkampffinanzierung durch Corporationen getroffen hat, aus diesem Grunde neu aufgerollt werden muss. Dies wäre absolutes Neuland für die Justiz  der USA, in der Richter einen sehr großen Spielraum haben bei der Entscheidung, ob sie sich selbst als befangen aus einem Verfahren zurückziehen.

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