Supreme Court

On September 23, 2008 an Innocent Man is Scheduled to Die

On September 23, 2008 an Innocent Man is Scheduled to Die

By Terry L. Benedict – How Easily Can an Innocent Man Lose His Life?

Ask Troy Davis, who came within a harrowing 23 hours of execution by lethal injection last year and received a new execution date of September 23, 2008:

 
 

J. Brent Walker – “Church and State in the USA: Promises and Challenges”

This thought-provoking address was given by J. Brent Walker of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty at the Congress on Religious Liberty in Buenos Aires, Argentina on April 28, 2008.  It was originally posted on the BJC website (bjcpa.org) and is reposted here in its entirety with permission. Good morning! I appreciate the kind invitation of Raul Scialabba to […]

 
 

Significant Differences Emerging Between McCain and Obama in Prospective Judicial Nominees (NY Times)

It is looking more and more likely that either Barack Obama or John McCain will be the next President of the United States.  They will leave a lasting legacy in the form of their judicial appointments. The New York Times today posted a good analysis of how they may decide who interprets the law.  Thanks to Greg Hamilton of the […]

 
 

Barack Obama's judicial nominees (Baltimore Sun)

James Oliphant of the Baltimore Sun blogged about Barack Obama's judicial nominees. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/05/printer-obama_on_judges.html Here is some of what Obama has said on the topic: What you're looking for is somebody who is going to apply the law where it's clear. Now there's gonna be those five percent of cases or one percent of cases where the law isn't clear. And […]

 
 

Polygamy: Where religious liberty ends (Salt Lake Tribune)

Trying to walk the line between religious freedom and societal concerns has never been easy. Some scholars say the line is drawn at polygamy. This article explores that option, but is the line even better drawn at child abuse? What about "legitimate" serial marriages and divorces? This issue may gain some traction in the next few months. Admin Read the […]

 
 

Supreme Court to consider Ten Commandments vs. 'Seven Aphorisms'

Supreme Court to consider Ten Commandments vs. 'Seven Aphorisms'

Must a city park that displays one monument also permit others'? By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer April 1, 2008 WASHINGTON — If a city allows a monument with the Ten Commandments to be erected in a public park, must it also allow other religions and groups to display monuments of their choosing? The Supreme Court agreed […]

 
 

Dexter Avenue and the Battle for the Bill of Rights

 
 

In Human Hands

As of this writing in early September, there are two vacancies in the Supreme Court, making this a time of great concern and tremendous opportunity. When President Bush introduced Judge John Roberts to the nation on July 19, he said, "When a president chooses a justice, he's placing in human hands the authority and majesty of the law."   Interpreting […]