Appoint Judges Who Support Democracy

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Michael Boggs is one of the many presidential nominees languishing in the wings of the Senate political machine, and, for once, that’s a good thing. Although many of President Obama’s nominations are middle of the ground, Boggs is a far-right Georgia state judge who got this nomination through a political deal.

Last year, Georgia’s GOP senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, presented the president with an “all or nothing package” of judge nomination approvals. In return for the president’s appointing Judge Julie Carnes to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and giving Boggs (and two other Republican-picked attorneys) a place on the Northern District Court of Georgia, Sens. Chambliss and Isakson would end a more than two-year hold on Jill Pryor’s confirmation to the 11th Circuit Court. Of these seven judicial nominees, four were GOP preferences, and only two of the seven are black despite the large black population of the state.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: My male colleagues didn’t really understand the Hobby Lobby case

By Scott Kaufman
Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:08 EDT

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Speaking with Katie Couric on Yahoo Global News, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that five of her male counterparts on the court have “a blind spot” when it comes to women’s issues.

After noting that all three female justices were in the minority in the recent Hobby Lobby decision, Couric asked Ginsburg whether she “believed the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision.”

Following a long pause, Ginsburg said, “I would have to say, ‘No.’”

 

“But,” she added, “justices continue to think, and can change. So I’m ever hopeful that if the Court has a blind spot today, its eyes can be opened tomorrow.”

“But you do, in fact, feel that these five justices had a bit of a ‘blind spot’?” Couric asked.

“In Hobby Lobby?” Ginsburg replied. “Yes.”

“Because they couldn’t understand what it is like to be a woman?” Couric asked.

“They all have wives. They have daughters. By the way, I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers.”

Ginsburg went on to note that her opinions on these matters are contained in her dissents, and that there is a tradition of dissents becoming “unquestionably, the law of the land.”

In her scathing dissent in the Hobby Lobby case, Ginsburg noted that the majority’s willful misreading of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would have unintended consequences.

“Little doubt that RFRA claims will proliferate, for the Court’s expansive notion of corporate personhood – combined with its other errors in construing RFRA – invites for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faith,” she wrote.

Earlier this week, in fact, the Satanic Temple declared that it would use the majority’s interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act just as Ginsburg predicted groups would.

Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club’s Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: My male colleagues didn’t really understand the Hobby Lobby case

By Scott Kaufman
Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:08 EDT

Speaking with Katie Couric on Yahoo Global News, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that five of her male counterparts on the court have “a blind spot” when it comes to women’s issues.

After noting that all three female justices were in the minority in the recent Hobby Lobby decision, Couric asked Ginsburg whether she “believed the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision.”

Following a long pause, Ginsburg said, “I would have to say, ‘No.’”

 

“But,” she added, “justices continue to think, and can change. So I’m ever hopeful that if the Court has a blind spot today, its eyes can be opened tomorrow.”

“But you do, in fact, feel that these five justices had a bit of a ‘blind spot’?” Couric asked.

“In Hobby Lobby?” Ginsburg replied. “Yes.”

“Because they couldn’t understand what it is like to be a woman?” Couric asked.

“They all have wives. They have daughters. By the way, I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers.”

Ginsburg went on to note that her opinions on these matters are contained in her dissents, and that there is a tradition of dissents becoming “unquestionably, the law of the land.”

In her scathing dissent in the Hobby Lobby case, Ginsburg noted that the majority’s willful misreading of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would have unintended consequences.

“Little doubt that RFRA claims will proliferate, for the Court’s expansive notion of corporate personhood – combined with its other errors in construing RFRA – invites for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faith,” she wrote.

Earlier this week, in fact, the Satanic Temple declared that it would use the majority’s interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act just as Ginsburg predicted groups would.

Watch the entire interview with Ginsburg via Yahoo Global News below.

 
Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club’s Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.

Close Loopholes in Abusers’ Gun Ownership

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The first-ever hearing on the connection between gun policy and domestic violence in the Senate Judiciary Committee occurred today as members of a witness panel discussed ways to close the loopholes in current federal law. Passing additional legislation in the Violence against Women Act (VAWA) to protect women from gun violence was also a topic.

elvin-danielOne of those testifying in favor of a comprehensive background check for all who purchase guns was Elvin Daniel, a member of the National Rifle Association. His sister was shot and killed by her estranged husband in 2012. At the hearing, he said he is “convinced” that her killer deliberately bought a gun from an unlicensed firearms dealer.

As shootings rampage across the country, Congress has remained at a standstill. After the December 2012 massacre inside Sandy Hook Elementary School. Some states have passed new reform measures that tighten gun restrictions, while others have enacted…

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The Girls Obama Forgot

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw: My Brother’s Keeper Ignores Young Black Women

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The Intersection of Gun Violence and Domestic Violence

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By Chelsea Parsons and Lauren Speigel

As the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary holds a landmark hearing today on the intersection of gun violence and domestic violence, the Center for American Progress and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released additional fact sheets for 27 statesproviding detailed information about the scope of fatal domestic violence and the large role access to guns plays in that violence in each state. In many cases, the fact sheets highlight significant weaknesses and loopholes in state laws that continue to allow dangerous domestic abusers and stalkers to have easy access to guns.

The Center for American Progress has long been dedicated to revealing the link between domestic violence and gun violence. In June, 2014 the Center for American Progress released a report titled “Women Under the Gun: How Gun Violence Affects Women and 4 Policy Solutions to Better Protect Them,” which combined data not previously analyzed or available to the public to show the linkages between gun violence and domestic violence, how the system allows this violence to take place, and ways in which states and the federal government can better protect women from domestic abusers with firearms.

Find out where your state stands.

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