Former Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter, who passed away this morning
, is most recently known for his switch from the GOP to the Democratic Party in 2010. Specter is also distinguished for his vote
in the Clinton impeachment trial: "not proven
," a choice available to Scottish jurors when they believe insufficient evidence has been presented to prove the defendant's guilt. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something
on Oct 14, 2012 -
Former University of Pennsylvania professor and head of Penn's Head Injury Research Center Tracy McIntosh, a Fulbright scholar, and renowned researcher plead no contest in December to possession of a controlled substance and the sexual assault of a 25 year-old Penn student. Judge Rayford Means sentenced him to a year of house arrest and 12 years' probation
, as the Judge had "factored in McIntosh's important work with stroke victims and brain injuries."
Tracy McIntosh is too important for prison.
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood
on Mar 5, 2005 -
Roy Moore faces the music for defying federal law. Misconduct aside, will Roy Moore become a martyr? I think he should go, but is it wise? I believe it is; I mean someone needs to reign the "runaway" judiciary the Republicans are always talking about. (Who knew that their own straw-man would bite them it the ass?)
posted by Bag Man
on Nov 11, 2003 -
rears it's ugly head. But it is disingenuous to claim that activism is the mantle of liberals. Can you say "strict constructionist?" I didn't think so.
posted by nofundy
on Jul 8, 2002 -
For Comment: "Does personality override politics in the Rehnquist Supreme Court?"
File under: "What is the rhetorical and effective nature of constitutional interpretation and judicial review?" I have always been intrigued by the ways in which the justices of the Supreme Court selectively reveal tidbits about their personality and the nature of their interactions. "Scalia and Ginsburg are polar opposites, but are secretly best friends!" "O'Connor likes Georgia O'Keefe, and has several originals in her office!"
While much of this can be explained by the media creating a story where there is none, the above comments by Thomas lead me to wonder that, if 'opinion' is the form by which laws are reviewed, then perhaps 'individuality,' 'style,' or 'personality' have an impact on how the concept of justice and constitutionality are applied.
posted by rschram
on Dec 14, 2000 -