Supreme Court Battles

Senator Jeff Sessions About to Hit the National Limelight

Jeff Sessions on Video from 1986 In 1986, future Senator Jeff Sessions was nominated to a federal judgeship. His nomination failed in part due to the disclosure of racially insensitive comments he made as a federal prosecutor. This is just one snippet of the video. We are working on a longer story with more video…

Sessions Tips Hand on Supreme Court Fight

Jeff Sessions on Fox News Alabama’s junior Senator Jeff Sessions, who has emerged as the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be getting his 15-minutes of fame as the lead attack dog on President Barack Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court when confirmation hearings begin July 13, tipped his hand…

More Political Gamesmanship on the Supreme Court

Will the Republicans really fight Obama’s Supreme Court pick? Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Or in the end, will they just play games to raise money and throw red meat to the base? Most of the real experts say Sotomayor will most likely be confirmed. But there will…

GOP Footdragging on Obama's Supreme Court Pick

Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court is so qualified with so much experience that the Republicans want to delay her confirmation. What? Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy They need more time to dig for dirt and raise money by drumming up a fake controversy. That’s what’s going on…

GOP Tries to Stall Supreme Court Conformation Hearings

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., who met Wednesday with Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions on a schedule for the hearings, said he’s eager to give Sotomayor the chance to respond to “unbelievable attacks” by Republican critics like radio host Rush Limbaugh and…

Democratic Party Chair Praises Obama's Supreme Court Pick

Alabama Democratic Party Chair Joe Turnham praised President Obama’s selection of Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court in a press release today. When confirmed, Sotomayor will be the third woman to serve and the Court’s first Hispanic justice. “President Obama pledged to select a nominee with a rigorous intellect, a…

Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor's Record

For all my friends who don’t have MSNBC on their cable package… Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Nah, she’s not qualified. She’s a woman Latino — with more experience and top notch degrees than anyone on the court…

Sessions Vows Fair Hearing for Obama's Supreme Court Pick

by Glynn Wilson Alabama’s junior Republican senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who will lead the charge against President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, promised a fair if “thorough” hearing as the Senate plays its advice and consent role over the next few months. “The president’s nomination of…

Obama Introduces Judge Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court

Judge Sotomayor has made the American dream her own, according to President Obama, who nominated her for the United States Supreme court today. Born and raised in a South Bronx public housing project to Puerto Rican parents, Sotomayor has distinguished herself in academia, as a big-city prosecutor, and as a leading figure on the federal…

How Will Jeff Sessions Oppose Obama's Supreme Court Pick?

We can’t wait to see how Alabama’s junior Senator, Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions, will approach his staring role in opposing President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court. President Barack Obama tapped federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to wear the robes of a…

At 63, Don Siegelman Struggles for Freedom in Rainsville

Glynn Wilson Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman urges supporters in Rainsville at his 63rd birthday party to keep the pressure on Congress to continue the investigation of Bush administration officials, including Karl Rove, who perverted justice for political reasons not only in his case, but in cases across the country.

At Least 1,000 Endangered Watercress Darters Killed

Illegal Dam Removal in Roebuck Springs Under Investigation Glynn Wilson The scene of destruction at Roebuck Springs on Village Creek, where at least 1,000 endangered fish were killed by the illegal removal of a dam. by Glynn Wilson ROEBUCK SPRINGS, Ala., Sept. 23 — Ignorance kills. Regina Nummy, the director of Roebuck-Hawkins Park, apparently took…

Democracy in the Balance…

Bush’s Paper Thin Court Rebuke Shows 2006 Elections Critical For the past 230 years since the United States won independence from the British monarchy and set up a Democracy where people matter more than kings, it has fallen to the U.S. Supreme Court – as the final arbiter of law – to save Democracy from…

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Wetlands Protections

The new Bush Supreme Court fell just one vote short of destroying the Clean Water Act and the protection of millions of acres of wetlands on Monday, thanks only to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, appointed by Ronald Reagan and confirmed to the court in 1988 after the nomination of Robert Bork was defeated in the…

Senate Confirms Alito to Supreme Court

Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. became the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, confirmed with the most partisan victory in modern history after a fierce battle over the future direction of the high court, according to the Associated Press. The Senate voted 58-42 to confirm Alito – a former federal appellate judge, U.S. attorney, and…

Senate Votes 72-25 to End Debate on Alito

The U.S. Senate voted 72-25 to end debate Monday afternoon on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Sixteen Democrats and one independent joined 55 Republicans to invoke cloture. A final vote on Alito’s nomination will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday. AP: Senate Moves Alito Close to Confirmation

Senate About to End Debate on Alito

Watch it on C-SPAN 2: The U.S. Senate is about to vote to end debate on President George W. Bush’s nominee to the Supreme Court to replace Sandra Day O’Connor, Samuel Alito of New Jersey. AP: Kennedy Leads Final Effort to Block Alito

Sen. Kerry Calls for Alito Filibuster

It has been confirmed that Sen. John Kerry is trying to round up 41 votes to support a filibuster of Samuel Alito of New Jersey, President George W. Bush’s nominee to replace Sandra Day O’connor on the U.S. Supreme Court, according to CNN. Three Democrats (Ben Nelson, Tim Johnson and Robert Byrd) support Alito. So…