Supreme Court Won’t Stop Gay Marriage In Alabama, Yields Strong Reactions

Here comes the groom!Yesterday morning, the Supreme Court denied a request from the Alabama State Supreme Court to delay the legalization of gay marriage in the southern state.The decision comes long ahead of a ruling expected later this year, affecting soon-to-be-wed gay couples throughout the entire country. It’s certainly a decisive victory for civil rights and freedom, as the decision makes Alabama the 37th state to allow and recognize gay marriage as a lawful act.While the gay …

Supreme Court Strikes Down Campaign Donation Caps, Favoring Elite Moneybags

Everyone knows that influence in American politics is inextricably linked to how much money a candidate can raise from his or her supporters. Campaign money goes a long way when financing everything from posters and sidewalk signs to expensive commercials attacking an opponent. Such exposure can be a key factor in rallying public support and gathering influence during election cycles.For better or for worse, it looks like this link between money and influence …

My Semester With Professor John Sexton

This past semester, I spent two hours every Tuesday night with 15 fellow freshman in President Sexton’s seminar, the Supreme Court and the Religious Clauses. With weekly 5 page papers to write and the hundreds of pages of Supreme Court opinions to read,  it wasn’t an easy class by any means. Every Monday night – or Tuesday morning, if procrastination hit exceptionally hard – I’d wonder why the hell I’d ever …

Supreme Court To Hear A Republican Dream Case

While you were sleeping until 4PM and raiding the fridge over Thanksgiving break, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear two religious freedom cases on the birth control mandate in Obamacare: Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. Now, I’m sure by now you are completely sick of hearing about Obamacare, but the upcoming court cases are about something bigger than the Affordable Care Act: the …

Antonin Scalia Is “Intelligently Sexist” And Believes In The Devil

You can always count on Justice Scalia to say something completely asinine and luckily, he didn’t disappoint in his latest interview with New York Magazine’s Jennifer Senior. From casual sexism to a bit of not-so-humble bragging, Scalia came down from his ivory tower to give America a glimpse into the world of (arguably) the most controversial Supreme Court justice.Let’s just say, we learned a lot. But, at the same time, we’re busy college …

[VIDEO] NYU Local Talks Politics: What’s Up With Same-Sex Marriage’s Legal Future?

As you have probably heard by now (or seen everyone’s red-and-equal-sign Facebook profile photo), same-sex marriage came to the Supreme Court last week. The Nine heard from supporters and opposers on the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 – two cases that could have tidal-wave shifts on the state of these laws across the country. Although cable news provided their fair share of coverage on the issue, we felt that the serious constitutional implications of the …

‘My State Did What?!': Bizarro North Dakota/Antonin Scalia Edition

A record high number of states are now governed solely by a one-party majority – which can then pass whatever legislation it likes. People don’t typically pay attention to state legislative races, and gerrymandered districts enable less-informed voters to pull the straight ticket and vote in all members of one party. The results can be hilarious… and terrifying. This series will focus on the bipartisan foibles of state government, especially around corruption, womens’ …

Supreme Court Begins Hearings On Same-Sex Marriage; Prop 8’s Future In Question

Today, the Supreme Court weighs the constitutionality of California’s infamous Proposition 8, which declares that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” If the Court rules Prop 8 unconstitutional, gay marriage could become recognized nationally. However, if Justices rule otherwise, the choice to legalize gay marriage would be left to each state to decide individually.Pete Williams of NBC News reported from outside the Supreme …

The Supreme Court Considers: Is The South Still Racist?

Remember all that fuss during election season about unfair voting laws effectively keeping minorities from the polls? Well the election’s over (thank you, Jesus) but the problem persists. Now our highest court is scratching it’s head as SCOTUS reconsiders part of an old bill in a ruling that might bring us one step closer or father away from our most sacred tenet; universal suffrage.The Voting Rights Act was a piece of legislation passed in …

How I Spent My Day In Washington D.C. With John Sexton and Justice Elena Kagan

“Work hard and do your job well, and have a lot of luck,” Justice Elena Kagan said to a group of NYU students on Monday at the Supreme Court. While such advice might be hard to follow, you can’t argue with someone who’s worked her way up to where she is.Justice Kagan was taking questions from NYU students from New York and Abu Dhabi to give us her insights on workings of …

It’s 2012, So The Supreme Court Will Debate Same-Sex Marriage Now

This past March, we wrote a post entitled “The Most Epic, Monumental, Game-Changing Supreme Court Case In History.” We may have exaggerated the title a bit, but it was a breakdown of the impending Obamacare decision in the Supreme Court: the players, the issues and, of course, the drama. Luckily, everyone’s speculation leading up to the verdict was completely upended by swingman Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion, which wrote off the law as …

Aside From Same-Sex Marriage (Maybe), What Else Will The Supreme Court Be Working On Next Year?

When it comes to choosing its docket, the Supreme Court is worse with peer pressure than a freshman trying a cigarette for the first time. In 2010, the Citizens United ruling was prefaced with hundreds of amicus curiae briefs, which are basically special interest groups telling the justices why they have to rule on the matter. In 2011, the healthcare reform lawsuit featured a conglomerate of nearly thirty states screaming at the top of their …

The Supreme Court Forces America To Striptease

Any sane political junkie knows to keep his or her distance from the Supreme Court’s rulings. The Nine are the masters of sending the ultimate mixed signal, constantly throwing us off with their decisions – in this way, like a girl who puts a smiley after every text message. One day, they’ll be legalizing corporate electioneering (a la Citizens United), and the next day (or year), making sure everyone has the right to …

A Quick Guide To The Supreme Court Health Care Debates

Oral arguments before the Supreme Court in Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida began on March 26 and lasted a total of three days. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. represented the government, and Paul D. Clement appeared for the plaintiffs — the states.This is arguably one of the most important Supreme Court cases of our generation, so in case you missed it, here’s a quick guide to the arguments that …

The Most Epic, Monumental, Game-Changing, Supreme Court Case In History

In a Supreme Court case handed down by the judicial gods, oral arguments began yesterday in Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services, a name definitely not as catchy as Citizens United but, arguably, much more significant (one analyst called it “the blockbuster of blockbusters” – a Titanic 3D for the Constitution). Twenty-six states versus Obama, a little over half of the nation against the commander-in-chief in a legal battle over …