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  U.S. Supreme Court
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  PartyNonpartisan
NameJohn G. Roberts, Jr.
Won09/29/2005
Votes78 (78.00%)
Margin56 (+56.00%)
Term09/29/2005 - 01/01/2150
Associate Justices
   Associate Justice 1  Sonia Sotomayor 0 09 +37.37%
   Associate Justice 2  Stephen G. Breyer 0 94 +81.25%
   Associate Justice 3  Elena Kagan 0 10 +26.00%
   Associate Justice 4  Anthony M. Kennedy 0 88 +100.00%
   Associate Justice 5  Ruth Bader Ginsburg 0 93 +93.94%
   Associate Justice 6  Samuel A. Alito, Jr. 0 06 +16.00%
   Associate Justice 7  Antonin Scalia 0 86 +100.00%
   Associate Justice 8  Clarence Thomas 0 91 +4.00%
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The Supreme Court orginally had 6 members from 1789 to 1807. The court gained a member (7 members) in 1807. Then it gained an 8th and 9th member in 1837. A 10th member was added in 1863. But in 1866, Congress passed a law declaring that the next three justices to retire won't be replaced. One justice (Justice Catron) retired in 1866 and another (Justice Wayne) retired in 1867. But in 1869, a law was passed adding a 9th Supreme Court seat, that was filled in 1870. This size has remained since 1869.

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Aug 20, 2013 04:30pm Amusing ‘It Was Kind Of Hilarious’: Kagan Says Supreme Court Justices Played Video Games For Research  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Jun 26, 2013 07:30am Legal Ruling Supreme Court strikes down DOMA  Article Republitarian 
Jun 25, 2013 08:00am Legal Ruling Supreme Court strikes down part of Voting Rights Act  Article Brandon 
Jun 17, 2013 10:50am News Supreme Court strikes down Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship to vote  Article Scott³ 
Jun 17, 2013 09:40am Legal Ruling READ – The Supreme Court rules lawyers can’t use DMV records to find clients  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Jun 17, 2013 07:00am Perspective The Supreme Court's Tortured Reasoning Brings New Meaning To 'Sausage-Making'  Article Scott³ 

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Laf-W:2005Craverguy ( 773.7696 points)
Wed, March 28, 2012 09:17:13 PM UTC0:00
Hikikomori Blitzkrieg!: What exactly is the objection to skateboarding? Over the course of the last 25-30 years, that is something which has managed to totally elude me. I don't understand why someone cares if someone else is riding a skateboard.

Some people firmly believe that allowing kids to enjoy themselves leads to juvenile delinquency.

 
I:6738IndyGeorgia ( 1064.3835 points)
Wed, March 28, 2012 09:22:56 PM UTC0:00
Kids these days walking on their pants with their caps turned backwards listening to the Enema Man and Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog...

 
D:2064TX DEM ( 3224.4231 points)
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Wed, March 28, 2012 10:33:42 PM UTC0:00
This may sound premature, but if the SC strikes the bill in its entirety, is there any hope for the VRA?

I mean seriously. There is no legal justification for striking the entire bill, so if it happens, it is pretty clear we are stuck with the most activist court possible, and I don't see them stopping anytime soon.

 
D:7CA Pol Junkie ( 2702.2412 points)
Thu, March 29, 2012 07:01:37 PM UTC0:00
TX DEM: There is no legal justification for striking the entire bill, so if it happens, it is pretty clear we are stuck with the most activist court possible, and I don't see them stopping anytime soon.

It seems like only Scalia and presumably Thomas were eager to strike the whole bill. That said, we'll find out in June if there is an outer boundary on what this activist court could do. If the court were to specifically strike down the Medicaid expansion, the effects would be far deeper even than striking down the Affordable Care Act.

 
D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Sun, April 22, 2012 10:14:30 PM UTC0:00
It's only mid April and already I feel like the June release of the decision in HHS v. Florida is dragging on forever. I want to read every word of it from beginning to end so badly. I find Commerce Clause jurisprudence so fascinating. I really hope there are multiple concurrences and dissents. Scalia's, as always, will be particularly entertaining to read, especially is he ends up in the minority.

 
D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Sat, April 28, 2012 12:09:54 AM UTC0:00
The Supreme Court has released audio of the oral arguments on Arizona's immigration law:

[Link]

 
D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Mon, June 18, 2012 05:42:07 PM UTC0:00
A couple of divided opinions handed down today, along seemingly odd lines:

Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter

Issue: Whether the government is required to pay all of the contract support costs incurred by a tribal contractor under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, 25 U.S.C. § 450 et seq., where Congress has imposed an express statutory cap on the appropriations available to pay such costs and the Secretary cannot pay all such costs for all tribal contractors without exceeding the statutory cap.

Ruling: 5-4. The federal government must pay each Tribe's contract support costs in full even when Congress has put a ceiling on those costs.

Sotomayor writing for the majority, consisting of herself and Justices Kagan, Kennedy, Scalia and Thomas.

Roberts wrote the dissent for himself, Ginsburg, Breyer and Alito.

Williams v. Illinois

Issue: Whether a state rule of evidence allowing an expert witness to testify about the results of DNA testing performed by non-testifying analysts violates the Confrontation Clause, when the defendant has no opportunity to confront the actual analysts.

Ruling: 5-4 (Really, 4-4-1) The form of testimony in this case does not violate the Confrontation Clause.

Alito wrote an opinion for 4 justices: himself, Roberts, Kennedy and Breyer. Thomas concurs in the judgment only. Kagan wrote a dissent for herself, Scalia, Ginsburg and Sotomayor.

 
D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Wed, June 20, 2012 04:25:14 PM UTC0:00
The Court has added today as a decision day, in addition to its normal decision days, i.e. Monday and Thursday, and "one or more" opinions are expected to be handed down today. Not necessarily an indication that a ruling in any particular case will be handed down - more likely it just means they're in a rush to get the rest of their decisions out before the term ends. But I thought it was noteworthy enough to post nonetheless.

 
D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Wed, June 20, 2012 05:46:24 PM UTC0:00
Correction: the Court added next Wednesday as a decision day, not today.

 
D:6086Jason ( 7718.4429 points)
Mon, June 25, 2012 12:35:02 AM UTC0:00
Jason: 1. Roberts
2. Kennedy
3. Breyer
4. Stevens
5. Alito
6. Sotomayor
7. Scalia
8. Ginsburg
9. Thomas

Looking back, I have to wonder what in the hell I was thinking when coming up with these inconsistent and completely random rankings. Or why I was apparently tolerant of Roberts at one point. Any attempt at a recollection is obscured by a cloud of smoke now.

 
D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Mon, June 25, 2012 12:51:36 AM UTC0:00
Perhaps a cloud of smoke was responsible for that list in the first place?

I actually don't think Roberts is a raving partisan, nor do I think Kennedy is. I think both of them do try to adhere to judicial principles they believe in. On health care, for instance, I honestly believe what Neal Katyal (former solicitor general who argued the ACA cases in the appellate courts) said the other day, i.e. that they're probably both genuinely torn between conflicting principles on the decision, and that they both probably consider it the hardest vote they'll ever have to cast at the Court. I don't think either of them is just going to vote a certain way to stick it to Obama/liberals, or because they're partisan Republicans. I also have at least some respect for Thomas's consistency and candor about not giving a damn about precedent. The complaints about Scalia being much more a political activist and advocate than a jurist interested in principled consistency, however, are all true. I haven't formed a solid opinion about Alito in that regard yet.

 
D:1656The Sunset Provision ( 1384.6633 points)
Mon, June 25, 2012 08:07:31 PM UTC0:00
Instead of tv networks showing the footage of the SCOTUS group photo in front of the red curtain non-stop with talking about the court, it would be much more fun and entertaining if they would put the nine judges into the boxes like during the opening sequence of The Brady Bunch.

 
D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Fri, July 20, 2012 06:06:03 PM UTC0:00
At the risk of sounding like a rambling stoner or something, does anyone know how the judges of the Supreme Court came to be called justices? I'm assuming it comes from England somehow. I bring it up because it struck me the other day that it actually sounds kind of pretentiouus if you think about it, as if these nine people are the very embodiment of the overrarching goal of the entire field of law. It's kind of like if we referred to the Joint Chiefs of Staff as "freedoms" or something.

 
D:1RP ( 3311.3784 points)
Fri, July 20, 2012 07:46:20 PM UTC0:00
Brandon: It's kind of like if we referred to the Joint Chiefs of Staff as "freedoms" or something.

Don't give the GOP any ideas.

 
D:6086Jason ( 7718.4429 points)
Fri, July 20, 2012 11:54:21 PM UTC0:00
Brandon: At the risk of sounding like a rambling stoner or something, does anyone know how the judges of the Supreme Court came to be called justices? I'm assuming it comes from England somehow. I bring it up because it struck me the other day that it actually sounds kind of pretentiouus if you think about it, as if these nine people are the very embodiment of the overrarching goal of the entire field of law. It's kind of like if we referred to the Joint Chiefs of Staff as "freedoms" or something.

Dude, like, even the word "justice" gets funny when you say it a lot. Justice. Jusstiss. Juuhhstiss. Just ice. Hahaha.

 
D:1658Homegrown Democrat ( 758.3651 points)
Sat, July 21, 2012 01:06:31 AM UTC0:00
Brandon: At the risk of sounding like a rambling stoner or something, does anyone know how the judges of the Supreme Court came to be called justices?

Traditionally, a judge needs a degree in law and experience practicing law. A Justice does not.

 
D:1658Homegrown Democrat ( 758.3651 points)
Tue, March 26, 2013 05:23:20 PM UTC0:00
Today is also the 10th anniversary of oral arguments in Lawrence v. Texas.

 
D:1658Homegrown Democrat ( 758.3651 points)
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Wed, March 27, 2013 09:43:06 AM UTC0:00

 
D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Tue, June 25, 2013 04:44:39 PM UTC0:00
Tomorrow is (presumably) the last day they will hand down decisions. There are three left, including the two gay marriage cases. Based on which justices have authored the opinions released to date, speculation is that Roberts has the opinion in the Prop 8 case, and Kennedy has the opinion in the DOMA case.

 
D:1658Homegrown Democrat ( 758.3651 points)
Wed, June 26, 2013 02:52:50 PM UTC0:00
SCOTUSblog is answering the tough questions this morning.