Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at age 79

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Sean in Ottawa

sherpa-finn wrote:

josh wrote:

Well, at least Gorsuch appears from all reports to be a collegiant, respectful judge.  Not an arrogant, nasty piece of work the way Scalia was.

Well, according to the British paper the Daily Mail (a conservative rag, but generally credible) "Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ at his elite high school."  

For the moment, I am going to put this into the "credible but yet to be confirmed' category of news.

And anyhow, Jesuit schoolboys will be Jesuit schoolboys. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4182852/Trump-s-SCOTUS-pick-foun...

Did he grow up?

josh

sherpa-finn wrote:

josh wrote:

Well, at least Gorsuch appears from all reports to be a collegiant, respectful judge.  Not an arrogant, nasty piece of work the way Scalia was.

Well, according to the British paper the Daily Mail (a conservative rag, but generally credible) "Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ at his elite high school."  

For the moment, I am going to put this into the "credible but yet to be confirmed' category of news.

And anyhow, Jesuit schoolboys will be Jesuit schoolboys. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4182852/Trump-s-SCOTUS-pick-foun...

Being a fascist doesn't mean you can't be courteous and respectful in your personal dealings.

pookie

josh wrote:

Well, at least Gorsuch appears from all reports to be a collegiant, respectful judge.  Not an arrogant, nasty piece of work the way Scalia was.

Apparently, Scalia's colleagues including the liberal ones adored him.  "Collegiality" among the judges may not be apparent to us from the decisions.

Gorsuch obtained a doctorate at Oxford under John Finnis who is perhaps the best known living advocate of natural law theory and is quite homophobic in his work.  Gorsuch seems nice enough but is extremely conservative and while he may not upset the apple cart right away I suspect he will be key to very problematic decisions on equal protection, voting right and labour.  The one silver lining is that he is a proponent of a stricter approach to evaluating executive power and the power of administrative agencies.  Bu he will likely defer to every perversion the GOP-controlled Congress can churn out.

josh

Apparently, Scalia's colleagues including the liberal ones adored him. "Collegiality" among the judges may not be apparent to us from the decisions. 

 

Yeah, ask Sandra Day O'Connor about that one.

pookie

josh wrote:

Apparently, Scalia's colleagues including the liberal ones adored him. "Collegiality" among the judges may not be apparent to us from the decisions. 

 

Yeah, ask Sandra Day O'Connor about that one.

Kagan, Sotamayor and Ginsburg are not my concern.  They can handle their male colleagues.

Gentility won't mitigate his dismantling Bill of Rights caselaw except for the majority's freedom of religion, and guns.   

NorthReport

Next Week's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Will Be a Test for Democrats

Will members of the Senate Judiciary Committee stand up to Neil Gorsuch, or let Trump radicalize the Court for decades to come?

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/gorsuch-supreme-court-conf...

josh

Gorsuch would merely put the court back to where it was a year or so ago.  The key battle would be if there was a vacancy in any of the Democratic seats, or Kennedy's.

NorthReport

Gorsuch is a disaster and the Democrats need to filibuster

All the other stuff Trump is doing is small potatoes compared to the damage he is going to do to the law in the USA with his appointments to the Supreme Court

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-constitution-originalism-20170...

NorthReport

In E-mails, Neil Gorsuch Praised a Leading Republican Activist Behind Voter Suppression Efforts

Gorsuch’s ties to Hans von Spakovksy suggest a hostility to voting rights.  

https://www.thenation.com/article/in-emails-neil-gorsuch-praised-a-leadi...

josh

Not disagreeing.  But the question is, do you want to use up your ammunition on someone who is replacing Scalia, or save it in case there is a vacancy of a more moderate seat in the next couple of years.

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

I noticed this thread was active again... my first thought was that he had risen from the grave and zombie apocalypse had started.

NorthReport

The Democrats need to fight tooth and nail every inch of the way on every single issue just as the right-wing does, and which is often the reason why the right-wing end up winning power more often. 

Listening to the Trump lunatics and haters such as Sessons, Price, Bannon, Spicer, Conway, Fox News, etc., I wonder though if there are now irreconcilable differences in the USA and they each need to go their own separate way. I have heard California already wants out and there probably are other states as well. So many guns in civilian hands must also be of major concern.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/17/media/trump-administration-blocks-media/...

NorthReport
josh

Yes, but at least Clinton is not president.

josh

It appears that the Democrats will filibuster.

NorthReport

Good decision by the Democrats. Garland should have been confirmed and never ever give an inch to the GOP. Yes the GOP will probably get rid of the filibuster option, but what's the point of having it if you don't use it.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

If they do get rid of the filibuster option, the next Democratic president will actually be able to get stuff passed.  The U.S. could end up with single-payer after all.

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