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Supreme Court 2012, Term of the Century?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/us/29scotus.html

Spent the last week fact checking  this article.  I  suggest  it offers a quick study into the current court.  I hope you will come back and start a dialogue here.

I tend to agree  Clarence Thomas' quote...

 It's like trying to train a pig.. wastes your time and it aggravates the pig.   

 

Before  you read this link above or decide not to ... please

 

Recall  FDR's power grab would have been absolute without the Supreme Court of that time.

The Supreme Court struck down many of his "Laws"

 

Today as Obama storms to usurp more power from an already impotent Congress what help can we the people expect from the Supreme Court. I am struggling to understand.

 

Why it takes so long to get an issue to the Supreme Court?

Fast Track seems to rarely work on issues that are important to WE THE People....

 

But since it seems we are heading in a really dangerous direction I offer a Prayer to OUR GOD, that he gives the men and women of the court the courage to strike back at the forces that would enslave  America  and the rest of the world.

 

Excerpts from the article  

"All of the decisions this term were scrutinized for clues about the arc of the Roberts court as it settles into a period of consolidation and awaits a series of colossal cases, notably the challenges to the health care law championed by President Obama. This term was significant, but the next one may include the most important clash between the Supreme Court and a president since the New Deal."

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The justices decided about 20 percent of their cases on 5-to-4 votes, which is in line with recent terms. But the number of 5-to-4 decisions in which the court’s four liberals found themselves on one side and its four conservatives on the other was high: 12 of the 14 closely divided cases were configured that way, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy casting the decisive vote.

The justices like to say they are merely applying legal principles to facts without regard to ideology. But the chances of nine truly independent judges finding themselves in just two configurations a dozen times out of 14 is remote. Professor Epstein and Andrew D. Martin, a political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, calculated the odds as 1 in 44.2 quintillion.

Justice Kennedy, the court’s swing justice, voted with its more conservative members in those dozen cases two-thirds of the time.

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For the first time, there are three women on the Supreme Court: Justices Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor. They are all reliable members of the court’s liberal wing and were very often in agreement, according to statistics compiled by Scotusblog. Justice Kagan voted with Justice Sotomayor 94 percent of the time and with Justice Ginsburg 90 percent of the time.      "This is bad for our side It would seem"

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“Next term is going to be the term of the century,” said Thomas C. Goldstein, a leading Supreme Court advocate and the publisher of Scotusblog.

There is a chance the court will confront not only challenges to the health care law but also cases involving same-sex marriage, immigration and affirmative action. The next term’s big decisions will land a year from now, just as the 2012 presidential election season kicks into high gear.

The challenges to the health law, now making their way through several federal appeals courts and raising fundamental questions about the limits of the federal government’s power, are the subject of particularly intense interest. As a consequence, every decision this last term was scrutinized for hints about the justices’ attitudes toward the central argument in the suits — whether Congress overstepped its constitutional authority under the Commerce Clause in requiring some people to buy health

 

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On Thursday, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, writing for himself and Justices Ginsburg and Kagan in a case about the marketing of drugs, said health care laws “regulate commerce and industry.”

 

A week earlier, Justice Kennedy, writing for a unanimous court in a 10th Amendment case, used sweeping language to tie federalism concerns to individual liberty, a notion central to the arguments of the states and groups challenging the health care law.

“By denying any one government complete jurisdiction over all the concerns of public life, federalism protects the liberty of the individual from arbitrary power,” Justice Kennedy wrote. 

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The lines are being drawn.

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