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Looks Like SCOTUS is in the Mood to Just Say “No” Today (UPDATED)

I’ll keep this short and simple…

Ruling #1:

The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from ACORN, the activist group driven to ruin by scandal and financial woes, over being banned from getting federal funds.

The group was trying to appeal a unanimous lower court ruling affirming the federal government’s right to strip millions of dollars in funds from the group and its associated affiliates. The justices, as often happens, announced their decision without comment.

h/t Moe Lane for the head’s up on this one

Ruling #2: (Ruling 8-0 unanimous with Justice Sotomayor recusing herself)

In the most significant global warming case to reach its front doors, the Supreme Court on Monday blocked a major lawsuit brought by states and environmental groups against five large power companies they accused of creating a public nuisance because of carbon dioxide emissions.

The court ruled 8-0 that the authority to set standards for reducing emissions lies with the Environmental Protection Agency, under air pollution rules established by the Clean Air Act. The court said just because the EPA hasn’t acted yet doesn’t mean that its authority is no longer valid.

 

Both appeals to the SC were brought by special interest groups attempting to influence public policy legislation via SC rulings.  We have too much of such things going on in our legal system right now as it is.  It’s good to see SCOTUS drawing these kinds of lines legally.

UPDATE:

I almost forgot to include this ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Walmart today, ruling that female employees can’t sue the retail giant in a class action alleging wage discrimination

(snip)

The court unanimously agreed the case was wrongly certified as a 23(b)2 class action, but dissented 5-4 over whether the women could all prove they were discriminated on by their sex.

 

 

 

 

 

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    • Yeah, Mike, and I’ve been really glad to see it. Is it just my imagination or have there been quite a few cases of late where the judicial branch has taken more of a conservative stand than usual?

      • Yes they have, mainly due to Alito’s replacement of O’Connor, but also Roberts’ leadership and the fact that most of the cases have been of the sort that Anthony Kennedy has not insisted on being the King of. The real test for Kennedy will be if he remains conservative on establishment clause cases post-O’Connor. There are signs he may flip-flop so he can be The Decider.

  1. By their own acccounts the second term Bush administration went dead hand at the wheel in 2006, from Hurricane Katrina on. Leaving us much to be unhappy with as Queen Nancy took over and the libs ran riot. But in their dying gasp and in a Senate crawlling with RINOs they did manage to give us (with some firm correction from the right on the Harriet Myers disaster) Justices Roberts and Alito. For that I give thanks, for in many ways they, and Scalia and Thomas are our last hope & resort going in to this new decade. Oh and while I am giving thanks, on a more wordly level, thank you Obama for doing what has been aptly called “the gangsta spit” on them at your first State of the Union Address. It gives us hope Justice Kennedy will come our way on a few things.

    • Yeah, Mike, and I’ve been really glad to see it. Is it just my imagination or have there been quite a few cases of late where the judicial branch has taken more of a conservative stand than usual?

      • Yes they have, mainly due to Alito’s replacement of O’Connor, but also Roberts’ leadership and the fact that most of the cases have been of the sort that Anthony Kennedy has not insisted on being the King of. The real test for Kennedy will be if he remains conservative on establishment clause cases post-O’Connor. There are signs he may flip-flop so he can be The Decider.

  1. By their own acccounts the second term Bush administration went dead hand at the wheel in 2006, from Hurricane Katrina on. Leaving us much to be unhappy with as Queen Nancy took over and the libs ran riot. But in their dying gasp and in a Senate crawlling with RINOs they did manage to give us (with some firm correction from the right on the Harriet Myers disaster) Justices Roberts and Alito. For that I give thanks, for in many ways they, and Scalia and Thomas are our last hope & resort going in to this new decade. Oh and while I am giving thanks, on a more wordly level, thank you Obama for doing what has been aptly called “the gangsta spit” on them at your first State of the Union Address. It gives us hope Justice Kennedy will come our way on a few things.

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