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A court with a solid conservative majority could reshape American life

Posted by hkarner - 7. Juli 2018

Date: 05-07-2018
Source: The Economist

Here’s how

WHEN Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on June 27th, Democrats rushed to the barricades. “This is the fight of our lives,” announced Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Senator Kamala Harris proposed delaying confirmation hearings for Mr Kennedy’s successor until after the next election, which falls in November 2018, just as Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, did with Barack Obama’s nominee in 2016. In practice, Democrats cannot stop Mr Trump from placing his second justice on the country’s highest court. Mr McConnell is serenely untroubled by the precedent he set, and President Donald Trump plans to announce his nominee on July 9th. When the nominee is confirmed in the autumn, he or she should cement a reliable conservative majority that could, among other things, make abortion less accessible and federal agencies less powerful, though not quite in the way that many seem to expect.

The next justice will almost certainly be young (Mr Trump talked of wanting his nominee to serve for 45 years) and farther to the right than Mr Kennedy, a libertarian conservative whose moderate social views made him the court’s swing vote. Predicting a jurist’s voting patterns used to be harder. David Souter, appointed by a Republican (George H.W. Bush), became a reliably liberal jurist. Hugo Black, a former Klansman from Alabama, ruled school segregation unconstitutional. Today’s Republican appointees, though, come up through a conservative legal pipeline that was in its infancy a few decades ago. They have reliable paper trails and are thoroughly vetted. Republicans have learned the “no more Souters” lesson. To shore up his standing with white evangelicals, the president released lists of potential nominees during the campaign, and has met at least seven people on those lists, though Mr Trump, an inveterate showman, may choose someone else entirely. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump in Court

Posted by hkarner - 13. Februar 2017

David Cole, NYR, 10 February

The unanimous decision on Thursday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold an emergency stay on President Donald Trump’s travel ban is the strongest statement to date of a remarkable and unambiguous response by the judiciary. In their ruling, the three appellate judges, appointed by Presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, rejected Trump’s argument that his executive order on immigration and refugees was “unreviewable,” calling that assertion “contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.” Reminding Trump of basic constitutional law, the court declared, “it is beyond question that the federal judiciary retains the authority to adjudicate constitutional challenges to executive authority.”

The Ninth Circuit’s decision, in a case filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota on behalf of their citizens and residents, follows a string of lower court rulings across the country similarly ruling against the president. The case may now be headed to the Supreme Court. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Kein Applaus für die Verfassungsrichter

Posted by hkarner - 3. Juli 2016

 BlogEric Frey2. Juli 2016, 12:36, derstandard.at Frey

Eine korrekte Wahl wurde wegen einer rechtlichen Fiktion aufgehoben – und den Feinden des Rechtsstaates in die Hände gespielt

Als Verfassungsgerichtshofspräsident Gerhart Holzinger Freitagmittag die Aufhebung der Bundespräsidenten-Stichwahl verkündete, musste ich an den Baron von Innstetten aus Theodor Fontanes „Effie Briest“ denken, der von einer lange zurückliegenden flüchtigen Affäre seiner jüngeren Frau erfährt und diese daraufhin brutal verstößt (und seinen einstigen Nebenbuhler erschießt). Obwohl er sie eigentlich liebt, ist er überzeugt, das einzig Richtige zu tun, um Moral und Recht zu bewahren.

Auch Holzinger präsentierte sich als Bewahrer des Rechtsstaates und der Demokratie, als er das Land in eine tiefe politische Krise stürzte. Die Höchstrichter hätten keine Wahl gehabt, als erstmals in der Geschichte der westlichen Demokratie einen ganzen nationalen Wahlgang aufzuheben, erklärte er. Dafür erhält er nun von allen politischen Kräften und den meisten Kommentatoren kräftigen Applaus.

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