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The Supreme Court is so full of it, but the sad truth is that President Obama and the Democrats brought this potential judicial disaster upon themselves.

Troy Davis

From Sacco and Vanzetti to Troy Davis, witnesses to crime scenes get it wrong too often. So why did the Supreme Court just make it harder to challenge such evidence in court?

A scene from "Into the Abyss"

Herzog’s film, which debuts today, opens at a time when debate over capital punishment has taken on renewed urgency.

Barack Obama

There is no three-strikes law for crooked bankers, who usually get off with a fine and a promise not to do it again, and again and again.

Hank Skinner

Hank Skinner was scheduled to die on November 9, but his execution was halted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Will the state finally agree to test the evidence in his case?

A prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Anyone credibly alleging that he was tortured should have his day in court. But recent court decisions suggest that there will be accountability only for American citizens.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Yes, rape cases are notoriously difficult to prove. But in the DSK case, the criminal justice system worked.

Pro-choice protest

If the Supreme Court holds outrageously restrictive new abortion laws, abortion will effectively be impossible to obtain in states like Kansas and South Dakota—while technically leaving Roe on the books.

The unspoken answer that runs through Scalia’s opinion, and that of the Court down though the ages, is that violence is normal, while sex is obscene.

Under Wisconsin state law, it is a felony to touch a judge, making it quite possible that David Prosser will be forced to resign.

Blogs

As Justice David Prosser was battling on the state Supreme Court on behalf of Governor Walker's anti-labor agenda, he reportedly attacked a justice who disagreed with him. This is at least the second instance where Walker’s highly controversial judicial ally had been accused of abusing a female colleague on the high court.

June 25, 2011

Eric takes on the Washington Post, Reed Richardson dives into the Proposition 8 marriage equality battle, and the mail.

May 5, 2011

Wisconsin's recent Supreme Court election should be a lesson for states across the country—and for the White House.

April 7, 2011

I don’t begrudge Wendy Kaminer her determination to defend Citizens United. But I do wish that she would come up with her own arguments for why she thinks the justices were right to allow unlimited contributions from corporate treasuries to flood the electoral landscape.

February 10, 2011

John Roberts and his allies overreached so brazenly that they have created an opening for genuine reform.

January 19, 2011

Yes, it’s 2011, but Obama’s Department of Justice is still fighting to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defines marriage as being the legal union of a man and a woman.

January 14, 2011

The Constitution is clear: the federal judge who blocked implementation of key elements of Arizona's draconian anti-immigration law has no choice but to do so.

July 29, 2010

Inside the battle for healthcare reform. Plus: Two must-see videos and a special honor for The Nation.

July 2, 2010

As Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan prepares for her confirmation hearings this week, it's an appropriate time to revisit—and retire—the famous "justice as umpire" analogy that Chief Justice Roberts trotted at his own confirmation hearings.

June 29, 2010

An “opposition in search of a rationale" goes after Supreme Court nominee for her youthful opposition to the draft and no-questions-asked militarism. The problem is that Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and Robert A. Taft all said pretty much the same thing for pretty much the same reason.

June 28, 2010