Supreme Court Smacks Down California’s Prison System

Earlier this week the US Supreme court gave the State of California a serious spanking.  The court ordered the State of California, via its 5-4 ruling in Brown v. Plata, to decrease its prison rolls by 30,000 to 46,000 inmates within the next 2 years. Why?  Because the California state prisons were ruled to be in violation of the Constitution’s 8th amendment which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment....more

Supreme Court to Suspects: Speak Up for Your Miranda Rights -- Be Silent!

Every fan of police dramas knows the routine. As a suspect is being arrested, police officers slap the cuffs on and say, "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law ... " In some scenes, after they go through the whole routine, including the right to counsel, an officer will say something like, "Do you understand these rights as I have explained them to you?" eliciting a nod or a grunt of assent.  ...more

Yes, you are right about Kagan. There's a long history of Justices voting differently than one ...more