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Perry v. Schwarzenegger

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 4, 2010 - 6:44pm

Walker's opinion. Marc Ambinder lists the findings of fact, which will be crucial as this case moves along. Frankly, I think we'd better brace for violence.


How Oral Argument Matters

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 2, 2010 - 8:37pm

Dahlia Lithwick (the BEST commentator on matters Supreme) previews a potential Kagan/Roberts conflict.


The Long Shadow of NYT v. Sullivan

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 29, 2010 - 8:47pm

Damn it. She would win this easily in the UK. Tell me, please, how the US is "freer" than our Mother Country?


A Rhetorician on the Jury?

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 28, 2010 - 10:46pm

Has this ever happened to you?


Inciting Violence

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 26, 2010 - 9:06pm

Fox News is inciting racial violence. Am I totally nuts?


Words That Wound

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 26, 2010 - 12:43am

On this blog and elsewhere (see my 2009 NCA Card Call) I have consistently defended an "absolutist" view of freedom of speech. After this dreadful past week, as Andrew Breitbart and FOXNews trashed Shirley Sharrod's reputation, I'm leaning toward a British interpretation of our libel laws and the Free Press Clause.


I Can't Watch the Hearings Any More

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 29, 2010 - 3:00pm

I wonder who is writing the GOP talking points for the Kagan hearings. If judicial activism=Thurgood Marshall, is that a dog whistle about Brown v. Board as the prime case of judicial activism? And we all know what "Upper West Side" is code for.


I Heart David Souter

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 9, 2010 - 4:58pm

His commencement speech at Harvard. Not a bad speech, for a g-f-c-m. (NB: Erickson was just brought on to CNN to add "balance.")


"Perversion for Profit"

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 5, 2010 - 10:33pm

Wow. TCM showed this 1965 documentary last week. I vaguely remember seeing it when I was in junior high school. Seems like the sort of thing a savvy cultural studies scholar should write about. I always have trouble with the unit on pornography when I teach my First Amendment classes. I think I'll assign this, though. (Note how Jewish the "pornographer" looks in the opening section.) Oh, and the Charles Keating who funded it is the one who played a major role in the Savings and Loan scandal.