| Jun 25, 2013
| 3:10 PM
I have read that there were gasps in the Supreme Court during arguments last February when Justice Antonin Scalia described the 1965 Voting Rights Act, one of the great achievements of the Civil Rights era, as a “racial entitlement.”
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:31 AM
At his confirmation hearings for the position of chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John G. Roberts Jr. parried skeptics with a reassuring metaphor: "Judges are like umpires," he testified. "Umpires don't make the rules, they apply them. The role of...
| Jun 9, 2013
Some years ago, when tax simplification was being discussed, a cartoonist came up with the most likely way the IRS would achieve it: a postcard-sized 1040 form consisting of two lines: 1) How much did you make? 2) Send it in.
That's comparable to...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 3:56 PM
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, notwithstanding the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and searches without a warrant based on probable cause, states can require that a DNA sample be taken from those arrested for...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 4:28 PM
A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police in Maryland and elsewhere can continue the warrantless collection of DNA from people arrested — but not convicted — of serious crimes.
The 5-4 decision upheld a state law that allows...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 10:26 AM
The Supreme Court's decision today to uphold Maryland's law allowing the collection of DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes upholds the interests of justice, the Constitution and common sense. Concerns that the DNA samples could violate...
| May 23, 2013
| 12:24 PM
Nullification fever is spreading across the rural counties along the Mason-Dixon Line, with Cecil, Harford and Carroll counties passing resolutions in the last month declaring their view that Maryland's new gun control law is unconstitutional. Cecil's...
| May 7, 2013
| 7:00 AM
NEW YORK — If someone told you of a barnstorming TV host who interviewed people around the country about a given subject, you'd say it sounds like a lot of the road-trip reality series that have proliferated on cable TV.
But what if that host...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 6:01 PM
Robert H. Bork, the conservative legal champion whose bitter defeat for a Supreme Court seat in 1987 politicized the confirmation process and changed the court's direction for decades, died Wednesday. He was 85.
The former Yale law professor and judge on...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 1:56 PM
If you want to eat foie gras in California before July 1, especially at a feast dedicated to the smooth, super-fatted duck liver, your pâté may be seasoned with a grain or two of political theater.
Outside Santa Monica's Mélisse earlier this month, there...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 4:32 PM
What's behind the impending ban on foie gras?...