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  • September 18, 2003

    Recall Recalls 2000

    The tangled web that a narrow Supreme Court majority wove to shut down the Florida recount of presidential ballots in December 2000 made it possible for Republican George W.

    The Editors

  • September 11, 2003

    Why Estrada Went Down

    A few hours after Miguel Estrada withdrew his name for a judgeship on the Court of Appeals for the Washington, DC, Circuit, a leading Senate liberal was asked about the meaning of the two-year

    Jack Newfield

  • September 4, 2003

    The Twilight-Zone Court

    The attacks of September 11, 2001, ushered in a multitude of legal transformations that restrict civil liberties in the name of national security.

    Steven Donziger

  • May 29, 2003

    Liberalizing the Law

    With the Bush Administration continuing to fill the federal courts with right-wing judges, liberals have turned with renewed vigor to a strategy that not only allows them to defeat individual n

    Alexander Wohl

  • February 13, 2003

    Filibustering on Estrada

    Few of George W. Bush’s judicial nominees have generated as much opposition as has Miguel Estrada.

    John Nichols


  • January 16, 2003

    The Enemy Within

    “Ask for a lawyer immediately upon your arrest,” reads the little informational card the ACLU hands out to citizens.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • December 12, 2002

    Reasons for Doubt

    When I was in college, I joined a court-watching project in Roxbury, Massachusetts. We observed criminal trials, then interviewed judges, lawyers and witnesses.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • September 19, 2002

    The Right’s Judicial Juggernaut

    Democrats, faced with Scalia and Thomas clones, are finally saying: Ideology matters.

    Jack Newfield

  • August 15, 2002

    State Judges for Sale

    In the 39 states that elect appellate judges, politicization of the bench is growing.

    Michael Scherer

  • July 3, 2002

    Karl Rove’s Legal Tricks

    Packing the judiciary with right-wingers like Priscilla Owen.

    John Nichols