If we are going to insist on electing judges, do we want them to spend their time discussing issues with voters -- or, for that matter, do we want them doing their actual job of deciding cases -- or would we prefer that they spend their time asking for campaign contributions?
The Supreme Court is likely to be confronted with two cases that will challenge whether the Court is capable of applying the same rule in cases that benefits Democrats as it does in cases that benefit Republicans.
Carvin's prediction that GOP justices can be trusted to advance GOP policies even in a case such as this one, where the arguments for doing so are weak, may in fact prove correct. Should Carvin be vindicated, however, the justices will deal a grievous self-inflicted wound to their own institution.
The court concluded that a cult member's religious interest in staying silent should trump the nation's interest in ensuring that we leave no stone unturned when investigating allegations of mass exploitation of children.
At a speech before the conservative Federalist Society in 2013, Walker hinted that, if he were someday elected president, he would like to appoint one of the judges who just reinstated the voter ID law to the Supreme Court.