The Supreme Court shows corporate America how to screw over its customers and employees without breaking the law.
-By Dahlia Lithwick
July 1, 2011- Depending on how you count "big cases," the Supreme Court has just finished off either a great (according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) or spectacularly great (according to a new study by the Constitutional Accountability Center) term for big business. The measure of success here isn't just the win-loss record of the Chamber of Commerce, although that's certainly part of the story. Nor is it news that—in keeping with a recent trend—the court is systematically closing the courthouse doors to everyday litigants, though that's a tale that always bears retelling. The reason the Roberts Court has proven to be Christmas in July for big business is this: Slowly but surely, the Supreme Court is giving corporate America a handbook on how to engage in misconduct. In case after case, it seems big companies are being given the playbook on how to win even bigger the next time.
-By David Edwards
July 7, 2011- A non-partisan watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in an attempt to determine whether conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas improperly disclosed the use of private jets and a yacht.
Common Cause's FOIA request (PDF) to the U.S. Marshals Service encompasses travel on seven dates between 2007 and 2010.
"The request is aimed at determining whether Justice Thomas traveled on a plane owned by developer and political activist Harlan Crow on seven occasions over the past four years, and if so, whether those trips were properly disclosed," the group said in a statement.
-By Drew Wilson
July 2, 2011- Election fraud and accusations of rigged voting might be as old as US election systems themselves, but some may wonder, if a hacker can gain access to the election voting system, how secure are elections anyway?
The AntiSec movement is definitely rolling along, but Anonymous is pointing to a recent hack that could raise some serious questions over the integrity of voting in Florida. It seems that a hacker who uses Twitter obtained parts of the Florida voting database which has been subsequently posted to Paste2. It appears that the hacker in question wanted to show that voting fraud can easily happen today and dumped parts of the Florida database to prove it. From the comments of the release:
-By Benjy Sarlin
July 6, 2011- Former President Bill Clinton weighed in on Republican efforts in several states to pass new restrictions on voting, comparing the measures to the Jim Crow laws of the past.
"There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today," Clinton said in a speech at a Campus Progress conference in Washington.
He specifically called out Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) for trying to reverse past precedent and prevent convicted felons from voting even after they've completed their sentence.
-By Bill Press
July 3, 2011- It's been a busy few weeks for members of the Supreme Court. On Arizona's public financing law, Chief Justice John Roberts was, unfortunately, busy looking for another way to grease the skids for corporate campaign contributions. On video games, Justice Antonin Scalia was, fortunately, busy crafting a strong stand on free speech. And on California prisons, Justice Anthony Kennedy was, honorably, busy cleaning house.
Unlike his fellow justices, meanwhile, Justice Clarence Thomas was busy looking for his next handout. When will conservatives finally admit that Thomas is a monumental embarrassment – and should resign from the court?