Supreme Court Justice Admits to Attending Marijuana Parties

Supreme Court Justice Admits to Attending Marijuana Parties

Kennedy, the longest-serving justice and at age 81 the second oldest, has earned a reputation as the "swing" vote: a conservative willing in some major cases to side with liberal justices. Implementation of a minimum boundary length rule has the potential to shift political influence from the far left and far right of our political spectrum toward the center, which would better represent the preferences of the US population. Previous year a three-judge court struck down the map, leading to the current case, Gill v. Whitford. In both instances, that would be a bit outside the box.

The High Court's docket in the new term is brimming with cases of national interest and importance, the resolution of which will have far-reaching effects for all Americans. It would allow him to demonstrate a kind of doctrinal consistency while reaching one outcome that will thrill liberals and another that will please conservatives.

David Seligman, a Seattle attorney for Towards Justice, which represents low-wage workers, says many prospective clients come in with complaints that they weren't paid overtime, or were forced to work without pay, but discover they are covered by these employment clauses.

As many have their eyes on the U. S. Supreme Court's handling of a Wisconsin case on gerrymandering, voters from several congressional districts in Pennsylvania are suing in Commonwealth Court to stop gerrymandering.

This case, Gill v. Whitford, made its way to Capitol Hill after a split three-judge panel decided that Wisconsin's state legislative map, drawn in 2011 by Republicans, was unconstitutionally political.

That means, for the most part, talking about the First Amendment. It seems clear Justice Kennedy would like to pull the trigger. If taking account of voters' politics in districting violated their First Amendment rights, he reasoned, then it would be equally unconstitutional for those doing the redistricting to take into account any aspect of political party affiliation.

Yet Kennedy didn't back down.

This is how pseudo-elections are conducted in banana republics, where the victor is decided by the ruling party in advance of the voting.

Equal Citizenship - in a case that will determine whether the Constitution allows a wedding cake baker to invoke personal religious beliefs to justify refusing service to same-sex couples, due to their sexual orientation.




Justice Kennedy questioned the NLRB's counsel whether the arbitration agreements at issue truly prohibit employees' right to engage in concerted activity, noting that employees could still work together to obtain the same counsel, share information, and strategize about their cases; they were merely prohibited from joining their cases and litigating collectively.

The trouble for the cake baker is that the Colorado anti-discrimination law is neutral and applies generally. And the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects believers against such incidental burdens, doesn't apply to state laws - because of a 1997 decision by Kennedy himself. Democracy requires activity from the people who want to be represented. That could take the form of an implicit endorsement of gay marriage. But that very fact should make one hope the courts stay out of it.

"Democracy is not a partisan issue, democracy is about making sure that our votes are counted, and that we can have a say in our government, and these maps don't allow that to happen", Almeida said.

As for the wedding cake, baking it could be an art.

The Supreme Court opened its new session this week. In his thirty years on the bench, Kennedy has displayed an nearly Pavlovian receptivity to claims of infringement on the freedom of speech.

In practical terms, that wouldn't be a huge win for evangelicals, because the holding would be restricted to professions that can credibly claim to be artistic.

Keeping the offences such as financial and economic fraud equal to other serious offences such as rape and murder, the bench held that the accused couldn't be let off after a settlement between the two parties as they create an incision in the "economic spine of the country".

But it would be a defeat for the gay-rights movement, which is committed to fighting against the invocation of the liberty to discriminate. A partisan gerrymander wouldn't necessarily remain more acceptable than a racial one.

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