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May 30, 2016
Jeffrey Rosen is president and CEO of the National Constitution Center A hundred years ago, on June 1, 1916, Louis Brandeis was confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. One hundred and twenty-five days elapsed between his nomination and confirmation - the longest period any nominee has waited in American history. (Merrick Garland will surpass this record in July.) The long delay in Brandeis' confirmation reflected the controversy he had inspired as the crusading "People's Attorney," who made his name by attacking financiers such as J.P. Morgan, who took reckless risks with what Brandeis called "other people's money.
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May 25, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The National Football League Players Association has added Theodore B. Olson to its legal team in the important fight to prevent quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from starting four games for the New England Patriots in the coming season. A lot must be riding on the outcome, because Olson, a former Solicitor General of the United States who has argued 62 cases before the Supreme Court, doesn't come cheap. He's pretty good, though, having won three-quarters of those cases, and he covered the spread in a bunch of the others.
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May 25, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby's sexual-assault case will proceed on a path toward trial as scheduled, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday rejected his latest attempt to delay it. In a one-line order, the court denied Cosby's request for a stay while it reviewed the charges against him. The ruling removes the last potential roadblock to Tuesday morning's preliminary hearing in Montgomery County Court in Norristown. Cosby's lawyers had asked the Supreme Court to put that proceeding on hold as he sought a rare pretrial appeal.
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May 13, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Did the Philadelphia School Reform Commission have the power to cancel its teachers' contract and impose changes to their health-care plan during a financial crisis in 2014? SRC attorney David H. Pittinsky told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday that the commission has at its disposal "an arsenal of rights that were given by the General Assembly" to reduce expenses, to ensure that students in the city's public schools have the resources for an "adequate" education.
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May 5, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to halt the proceedings in his sexual-assault case and consider his argument that the charges should be dismissed. The request, made public Wednesday, came a week after Superior Court denied a similar bid from the entertainer and ordered the criminal case to resume its path toward trial. Should the Supreme Court grant his request, it would mean a third postponement for the first evidentiary hearing - a step that often takes place within weeks of a defendant's being charged.
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May 1, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Caitlin McCabe, STAFF WRITERS
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane will not seek to overturn an appellate court ruling that dismissed the most serious charges against three former Pennsylvania State University leaders accused of ignoring or covering up Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse. The decision, announced Friday by Kane's office, is a major victory for former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier and top aides Tim Curley and Gary Schultz in a legal battle that has languished for more than four years. Each was accused of concealing or failing to act on Sandusky's conduct as a serial sex abuser and then lying about it to investigators.
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April 28, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT Fill the vacancy The failure of Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) to perform his duty is an insult to Pennsylvania voters ("Toomey still opposed after Garland visit," April 13). American families expect to see their elected officials do their jobs. Instead, many U.S. senators are choosing to obstruct the democratic process by refusing to conduct a hearing and vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. It's time for Toomey and his fellow senators to make good on the oath they took to "uphold and defend" the Constitution and get to work filling the Supreme Court vacancy.
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April 23, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - A key Senate panel on Thursday unanimously approved Gov. Christie's nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court, clearing the way for his confirmation next week. The Judiciary Committee's hearing and 13-0 vote followed a surprise move last week, when the Republican governor joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) at a news conference to announce he was nominating a Democrat, Walter Timpone. The Senate's confirmation of Timpone, 65, of Cranford, would break a years-long impasse over the partisan balance on the court.
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April 21, 2016 | By Dana Milbank
Visiting justices from Canada's high court sat in on Monday's immigration arguments before the Supreme Court - and after their 90-minute education in the current state of American jurisprudence, our neighbors to the north would be forgiven if they had fantasies of building a border wall of their own. The Senate's refusal to confirm a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia has left the U.S. high court evenly split and increasingly paralyzed....
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April 20, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - With thousands of demonstrators rallying outside, a divided U.S. Supreme Court listened Monday as advocates argued over whether President Obama overstepped his authority when he issued orders to let millions of undocumented immigrants stay in the country. For 90 minutes, the justices pressed the lawyers and considered whether the administration policy amounts to simply "tolerating" the surge of immigrants, or grants them benefits they deserve because of their "legal presence" in the country.
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