How Appealing

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

“Attacking a Free Judiciary”: The New York Times today contains an editorial that begins, “The low point in the politicking over Terri Schiavo came last week when the House majority leader, Tom DeLay, threatened the judges who ruled in her case.”

Posted at 10:05 AM by Howard Bashman

“It’s difficult to see why Cornyn would make so asinine a comment if he had not intended to send the message that federal judges should watch what they do from now on”: So writes Yale Law Professor Jack M. Balkin in a blog post you can access here.

Earlier, I collected in posts accessible here and here press coverage of the remarks that Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) delivered yesterday on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

You can now access online a transcript of Senator Cornyn’s remarks. They span four pages of the Congressional Record, and you can access the remarks in full by clicking on the following pages in ascending order: one, two, three, four.

Posted at 9:50 AM by Howard Bashman

“‘Liars,’ Libel and Liability: In a surprising decision, the Supreme Court is refusing to take up a key 1st Amendment case.” The Los Angeles Times today contains an editorial that begins, “The most surprising decision the Supreme Court rendered last week was not about gender discrimination in high school sports or age discrimination, the two most widely reported cases. The justices’ most notable and dismaying action was their one-line refusal to take up a case hitting at the core of 1st Amendment freedoms.”

Posted at 9:33 AM by Howard Bashman

“Conservatives push judicial votes”: The Washington Times contains this article today.

Financial Times reports today that “Republicans weigh plan to vaporise Senate roadblocks.”

The Boston Globe contains a news analysis headlined “Frustrated movement is eyeing rules options.”

The Washington Post reports that “Post-Schiavo Questions Await Congress’s GOP Leaders; Priorities Debated As Recess Ends.”

And The Poughkeepsie Journal contains an editorial entitled “‘Nuclear option’ is lousy choice.”

Posted at 6:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“Senator links violence, judges; Cornyn suggests ‘political decisions’ may be a factor in recent incidents at courthouses”: This article appears today in The Houston Chronicle.

And The Dallas Morning News reports today that “Cornyn theorizes on violence; Democrat calls senator’s remarks on judges, accountability ‘bizarre.’

I hope to link to the transcript of these remarks once it become available online via the Congressional Record, so that people can decide for themselves whether the remarks are as bizarre as they seem to be from press accounts.

Posted at 6:35 AM by Howard Bashman