Former Justice O'Connor Warns of Dictatorship

In a speech at Georgetown University last week, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor warned that some Republican leaders' efforts to reign in the judiciary, left unchecked, could lead the US into dictatorship. ...more

Exactly professor. This particular women's decision to sound this alarm is extraordinary on its ...more

Grandparent Rights

On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case Harold v. Collier, which involved a claim that challenged a Ohio law dealing with the visitation rights of grandparents. This is significant for several reasons, the first being that more and more grandparents are suing for visitation rights, particularly after a parent dies or after divorce. ...more

Two Arrested in Alabama Church Fires

Two 19-year-old college students have been arrested and a third man is being sought in the case of 10 rural Alabama churches set ablaze during the first two weeks of February, according to CNN.com and other news sources. According to a CBS report, the men will be arraigned today on federal arson charges, but not civil rights violations. A press conference has been scheduled for this afternoon. ...more

"H.R. 4167 Is Bad for Our Bellies"

So writes Susan from Farmgirl Fare, who rarely mixes blogging and politics but both she and Dan the Donkey (aka Donkey Doodle Dandy) feel compelled to bray about the National Uniformity for Food Act scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. ...more

Around the BlogHer Law Blogs: Look who's bending rules in the Senate, Philippines and Plamegate

Here are just a few samplings of the rich buffet of thought-food from the Law section of the BlogHer blogroll: Laura Rozen thinks Sen. Bill Frist's threat to restructure the work of the Senate Intelligence Committee is cause for grave concern: ...more

Anna Nicole Smith takes on the Supreme Court

I have to admit, I never thought I would be using the name "Anna Nicole Smith" in the same sentence as "Supreme Court." Law blogger, Ann Althouse, reflects on the case and ultimately decides the legal issue at stake is rather "boring" although the individual justices made the whole affair much more interesting by seemingly siding with Anna Nicole. Add to that the fact that the President himself sided with her legal position and sent the Assistant Solicitor General to argue on behalf of her legal claim plus the legions of paparazzi outside the Court trying to get pictures of Anna Nicole's outfit (and perhaps other things, *ahem*) and you have a slightly less boring case. ...more

Founders of Black History Month Honor Civil Rights Icon Dorothy Height

On Saturday, February 25, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History held its 80th annual Black History Month Luncheon. This year's black history theme is "Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions." ...more

Around the Dial: "And so it begins..." The Supreme Court will review a late-term abortion procedure - Part 3

The concluding post in a three-part series covering the response to the latest political news that the Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of banning a late-term abortion procedure. I've stretched the parameters to include the recent South Dakota news; both news items are, of course, related. ...more

South Dakota Law Just the First of Many to Challenge Roe v. Wade

South Dakota may be the first state to achieve recognition for it's recent full frontal assault on Roe v. Wade, but there are others states lined up with similar laws that are pending legislative approval: ...more

Yes nellenelle- there is sort of a double standard when it comes to reproduction, choice and ...more

Around the Dial: "And so it begins..." The Supreme Court will review a late-term abortion procedure - Part 2

Part two of a three-part "Around the Dial" series covering the feminist response to the Supreme Court's decision to review the constitutionality of a late-term abortion procedure. Liza Sabater of community-blog Culture Kitchen, The New Civil War: South Dakota bans abortion: "I'm back from Amsterdam people… and I'm not happy." ...more

...that we're fighting this battle in 2006. Sad. Very sad. But, as long as there are women, ...more