Tagged: Supreme Court

Sotomayor nom heads to vote

With Republicans saying they won’t block approval, the Senate Judiciary Committee meets Tuesday to consider the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.  A full-Senate vote expected by August 7.  Constitutional law Professor Jay Wexler, who clerked for Ruth Bader Ginsberg, can look back at Sotomayor’s week of testimony and ahead to the high […]

Sotomayor hearings resume

After testifying that her Hispanic identity would not distort her judicial decision making, Sonia Sotomayor is back before the Senate Judiciary Committee defending her fitness to serve on the Supreme Court.  School of Law Professor James Fleming, a Constitutional scholar, can discuss how these hearings compare with those in the past. Contact James Fleming, 617-353-2942, jfleming@bu.edu

Sotomayor’s Senate Hearing

Washington eyes are on Sonia Sotomayor as she appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee considering her nomination to the Supreme Court.  School of Law Professors Jack Beermann, a SCOTUS authority, and Jay Wexler, who clerked for Ruth Bader Ginsberg, can offer perspective on the hearings and the court’s future. Contact Jack Beermann, 617-353-2577, beermann@bu.edu; Jay […]

SCOTUS term ends

The Supreme Court’s term ended with Chief Justice John Roberts having guided the high court rightward with swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy a key ally.  School of Law Professor Jay Wexler, who once clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, can look back at the term and ahead to the next. Contact Jay Wexler, 617-353-3174, jaywex@bu.edu

Prof. Bob Zelnick comments on Supreme Court reversal of Sotomayor ruling

Souter’s last day

The Supreme Court today wraps up its session before summer recess.  That means it’s Justice David Souter’s final day on the high court to which he was appointed in 1990.  School of Law Professor Jack Beermann, an expert on Supreme Court history, can discuss Souter’s legacy. Contact Jack Beermann, 617-353-2577, beermann@bu.edu

SCOTUS rules on child strip search

On an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court has ruled illegal an Arizona school’s strip search of a teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen.  School of Law Professor Tracey Maclin, an expert on civil rights and Constitutional law, can discuss the ramifications of the ruling. Contact Tracey Maclin, 617-353-4688, tmaclin@bu.edu

Will the Voting Rights Act survive?

With the Supreme Court sidestepping a conclusive determination of whether the Voting Rights Act remains constitutionally needed, the ultimate fate of the landmark act could wind up back in Congress.  School of Law Professor Tracey Maclin, a Constitutional Law expert, can discuss the possibilities. Contact Tracey Maclin, 617-353-4688, tmaclin@bu.edu

SCOTUS rules on DNA tests

The Supreme Court has decided 5-4 that convicts have no constitutional right to test old DNA evidence, ruling against an Alaska man convicted in an attack on a prostitute 16 years ago.  School of Law Professor Tracey Maclin can discuss the constitutional ramifications. Contact Tracey Maclin, 617-34688, tmaclin@bu.edu

Chrysler sale in legal limbo

Chrysler’s sale to Fiat is in the hands of the Supreme Court which issued a stay while it considers hearing a creditor’s appeal of the deal.  School of Management Professor Israel Shaked, an M&A and bankruptcy expert, can discuss what could happen next. Contact Israel Shaked, 617-353-2665,  shaked@bu.edu