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March 7, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
Not even Vice President Biden, a 36-year Senate veteran and former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would be afforded the courtesy of a Senate interview, much less a Judiciary Committee hearing, should President Obama nominate him to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Or so I was recently told by Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch, one of the 11 Republicans on the committee who signed a letter saying they will "withhold consent on any nominee to the Supreme Court submitted by this president to fill Justice Scalia's vacancy.
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March 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
HERSHEY, Pa. - With a fight over the Supreme Court vacancy dominating debate in the U.S. Senate, four Pennsylvania Democrats running to join the chamber laid out their visions of what they want to see in a new justice Friday night. Their answers at a forum before the party faithful touched on respect for abortion rights, limiting money in politics, supporting same-sex marriage, and, for one, endorsing gun rights. The quartet are running to take on Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in November in a contest that could help reshape the Senate.
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March 6, 2016 | By Lisa Scottoline, COLUMNIST
History was made in the Supreme Court last week. Why? That's your question, isn't it? It's a natural question. And, just coincidentally, it's the very point of this column, which is that history was made last week in the Supreme Court because it is the first time in 10 years that Justice Clarence Thomas has asked a question. This would be my kind of Supreme Court justice. I'm guessing he never asked a question because he has all the answers. I mean, what good is a Supreme Court justice if he has to go asking the lawyers questions every time they come in to argue their cases?
NEWS
March 4, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
IN A BID to undo last month's devastating state Supreme Court ruling that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission has no power to suspend parts of the state school code, the SRC has asked the court to reconsider its decision. The SRC said in documents filed with the court Monday that the decision "invalidated an essential tool provided by the legislature to address the School District of Philadelphia's ongoing financial and educational crisis at a time when the district is struggling to carry out its constitutional obligation to provide a thorough and efficient education" to city public school students.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2016 | By Dawn Fallik, For The Inquirer
Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) was spending a busy but fairly routine (politically speaking) Valentine's Day weekend in Las Vegas and Reno, campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Then, on the Saturday, all hell broke loose. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, and the New York Times almost instantly put out a short list for potential nominations for his replacement. Booker - Yale Law grad, Rhodes scholar, former Newark mayor - was on it. The junior senator's schedule was already filled with press interviews promoting his new book, United . (He appears at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Free Library.)
NEWS
March 2, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Gov. Christie, back in the national spotlight with his endorsement of Donald Trump, held a news conference here Monday on a different topic: a nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court. In calling on New Jersey Democrats to confirm Judge David Bauman of Monmouth County and fill the last seat on the seven-member court, Christie said Republicans should hold hearings on a U.S. Supreme Court nomination by President Obama - a stark contrast with the position taken by party leaders in Washington.
NEWS
March 2, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Jonathan Tamari, STAFF WRITERS
WASHINGTON - When he was Philadelphia's district attorney, Ronald D. Castille signed off on a decision that would land Terrance Williams on death row for the 1984 beating death of a Germantown church deacon. Now, a role that Castille later played in the case as chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could prove key in efforts to fend off Williams' execution. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether Castille, the prosecutor who approved pursuing the death penalty against Williams, should have recused himself when the case came before the state's top court for appeal.
NEWS
February 29, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT GOP owes it to citizens to fill bench The Republicans are denying citizens a cornerstone of our three branches of government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate Judiciary Committee will not consider any nominations to the Supreme Court ("A firm 'no' on court nominee," Wednesday). This refusal to fulfill our right to a complete court was never an intent of our Founding Fathers. Shame on you, McConnell. |Gail Scoufield, Philadelphia
NEWS
February 28, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Saying the reputation and independence of Pennsylvania's appeals courts are at stake, three former governors on Friday urged state legislators to pass a bill that would end the partisan election of judges on the state's three appeals courts. The former governors - Tom Ridge, Mark Schweiker, and Ed Rendell - spoke for about 30 minutes in a statewide conference call to reporters, saying scandals involving justices on the state Supreme Court and the record $16 million donated to candidates running in last year's Supreme Court election underlined the need for change.
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