| Sep 26, 2013
| 1:44 PM
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may come across as the ultimate know-it-all, but the truth is that he likes to emphasize what people in his lofty position don’t know.
In June, in a decision in which the court unanimously ruled that drug...
| Sep 26, 2013
Have you heard the one about the judge who moonlighted as a comedian? It wasn't a laughing matter for the New Jersey Supreme Court, which ruled recently that Municipal Court Judge Vince Sicari — who also appeared in comedy clubs and on television...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 12:03 PM
The smart money is saying that at least some Watergate-era campaign finance limits could be struck down by the Supreme Court in a case reminiscent of the 2011 Citizens United disaster.
Oral arguments were heard Tuesday in the new case, McCutcheon vs....
| Sep 18, 2013
| 4:25 PM
SACRAMENTO — Man goes to work. Woman visits a mall. Child sits in class. Couple attends a movie. All have one thing in common. They are vulnerable to being shot and killed by some "innocent law-abiding citizen."
Anyone who owns a firearm is law-...
| Sep 14, 2013
Re "The real right to bear arms," Opinion, Sept. 8
The point was once frequently made that the National Guard was our "well-regulated militia" and that, therefore, there was no need for citizens to keep their muskets at hand.
Today, National Guard...
| Oct 16, 2013
Federal law allows the government to seize the ill-gotten gains of convicted drug dealers and other criminals, which is fair enough. But the law also permits prosecutors to freeze allegedly tainted assets of defendants who haven't yet been tried, in...
| Oct 16, 2013
Re "Scalia the 'originalist' holds court on his views," Oct. 13
Oh, wow: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is even more scary than I realized.
He implied that a reporter who was apparently surprised that Scalia believes in the devil is "out of...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:31 AM
WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia earned his reputation as the Supreme Court’s most outspoken conservative with sharp one-liners in his opinions and sarcastic cracks in the courtroom.
When a government lawyer defending campaign funding...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 2:10 PM
Despite lobbying by the news media and members of Congress, the Supreme Court seems no closer than it was a year ago -- or a decade ago -- to allowing television cameras to record its arguments. But with a minor change in its routine, it could make...
| Sep 8, 2013
There is an opinion abroad in the land that the right to bear arms is unlimited, an absolute right, like the right to vote or the right to a fair trial.
This heartfelt conviction has surfaced lately in state legislation that attempts to nullify...
| Jun 27, 2013
For people wondering why the U.S. Supreme Court refused to decide the issues in the appeal of California's Proposition 8 case (Hollingsworth vs. Perry), here is a summary in lay person's terms.
1) Article III of the U.S. Constitution allows federal...