Guantanamo Bay detainees to finally get due process

Editorial The U.S. Supreme Court last week, in Boumediene v. Bush, decided

Editorial: Court should kill ‘millionaire’s amendment’

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a curious case Tuesday that highlights the absurdity of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law’s limits on contributions to political candidates. Davis v. Federal Election Commission was about a curious amendment to that law called the “millionaire’s amendment.” McCain-Feingold set limits on campaign contributions (currently $2,300 for primaries and $2,300 for general […]

Supreme Court rejects proposed punishment

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has rejected a proposed formal reprimand of an Albuquerque judge, saying it isn’t sufficient punishment. Instead, the justices said Bernalillo County Metropolitan Judge Theresa Gomez should be suspended without pay for two weeks. Last month, Gomez — who lived rent-free for nearly two years in […]

Political contributions should be voluntary

Editorial A fundamental American freedom is being able to spend — or not spend — one’s own money on political campaigns, for persons or initiatives. Money forcibly taken from a person to support a candidate or initiative that the person opposes is a form of tyranny. In early November the U.S. Supreme Court will begin […]

Utah case expands police powers for entering a home

Editorial It is said that hard cases make bad law, and that seems to be the case with Brigham City v. Stuart, in which a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it a little easier for police officers to enter a home without a warrant or without knocking and announcing themselves. In July 2000, police […]

What Supreme Court ignores tells as much as what it addresses

Editorial Sometimes the cases the U.S. Supreme Court does not agree to review tells as much about the high court’s mood as those cases it decides to hear. That’s the situation this week as the high court continued to proceed with a caution that is becoming familiar in the weeks since a new member and […]

Supreme Court now handling tougher cases, more controversy

Editorial The U.S. Supreme Court is moving from a period when it has been handling some of the easier cases on its docket, resulting in a surprising number of unanimous decisions, to handling more controversial decisions that will almost surely split the high court. One case decided last week led newly installed Chief Justice John […]

Indicting Padilla an action taken years too late

Freedom Newspapers The case of Jose Padilla has done much to harm the credibility of an administration that would be well-served to develop from it a newfound appreciation of the rule of law. This law has evolved over centuries as the best way to allow government to be vigorous in pursuing its legitimate activities while […]

Roberts confirmed as 17th chief justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States on Thursday, charged by the Senate with the responsibility of leading the Supreme Court through turbulent social issues for generations to come. He was scheduled to be sworn in at the White House later today by Justice […]

Judge strikes down pledge

Staff and wire reports SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional Wednesday, a decision that could put the divisive issue on track for another round of Supreme Court arguments. The case was brought by the same atheist whose previous battle against the words “under […]

At least some good news from Supreme Court

Freedom Newspapers I f you, like us, are mourning the U.S. Supreme Court’s egregious eminent domain ruling that virtually gives fat-cat developers title to your home, there was some good news from the high court. One ruling allows music producers to go after the pirates who allow everyone and his brother, sister, aunt and uncle […]

Chavez makes return trip to Portales

By Tony Parra Edward Chavez, a member of the New Mexico supreme court, visited Portales on Friday, a place he once called home. Chavez was touring the eastern part of New Mexico and visited with other people from the community at the Stephen Doerr/Randy Knudson law firm, midday Friday. Chavez was born in Santa Fe, […]