On Monday, surrounded by first-generation students sitting in rows behind her and adorned in a black robe not unlike the one she wears to oral argument, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor accepted an honorary doctorate of laws from University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel (“Go Blue!” she said, to thunderous applause from an electric crowd, given the snowy weather outside and the early hour). Sotomayor was in Ann Arbor to participate in one of the first events of the University’s bicentennial, a colloquium titled, “The Future University Community.” After receiving her degree, the Justice joined German Justice Susanne Baer for a wide-ranging conversation moderated by NPR journalist Michele Norris.
After Justice Scalia’s untimely passing nearly two weeks ago now, the entire political system fell into chaotic disarray. Just as soon as the news hit, congressional Republicans vowed to block any appointment until the next presidential term. Liberals found clips of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) disagreeing with himself while conservatives found the equivalent for Vice President (then Senator) Joe Biden (D-DE) in 1992. Sides have been throwing out ideas related to precedent, democracy, and everything in between. Here’s just a bit of guidance that can provide some clarity on the matter.
With Justice Scalia’s shocking death on Saturday, observers of the Court have been buzzing about what the future holds for the Court.
Adding to its legacy of foreign affairs cases, the Supreme Court decided the case OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs, which focused on the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), a 1976 law, which created limits on suing foreign sovereign nations (or their subdivisions) in U.S. courts. FSIA’s commercial activity exception is the subject of the case. Essentially, the question in this case is whether buying a ticket in America for travel in a foreign country should be considered commercial activity in the United States, for which the foreign travel agency would be liable.
While Florida may seem to many to be a lawless state where crime is committed without penalty, the state’s justice system occasionally overcompensates and allows judges in trial courts to ignore a jury’s sentence recommendation. In 1998, Timothy Lee Hurst murdered his co-worker at a local Popeye’s as he tried to rob it. The jury in his trial voted to declare him guilty and, along a 7-5 margin, to recommend the death sentence.
This is a blog post for my Political Theory class.
I’ve been a USC fan for the last four years. I obviously now care about Michigan primarily but since I was a freshman in high school I have been rooting for the Trojans from sunny LA. My brother started as a freshman at USC in 2010 and with his first football season came all the classic traditions of USC football fandom: the drum major riding in on a horse and stabbing the ground with a sword, the fight song playing incessantly, and the large empty, reserved space of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
This is a blog post written for my Political Theory class. It is not about law but rather about political theory. It is still fairly relevant.