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Supreme Court Ruled On Broad Range Of Issues

Publication Date: 
June 25, 2007
CBS Evening News
Wyatt Andrews

Professor Pamela Karlan and Lecturer in Law Thomas Goldstein commented on recent Supreme Court rulings on the CBS Evening News:

WYATT ANDREWS (reporting for CBS News): ...ruling here that the ban violates the First Amendment. Court analysts say this ruling, which was strongly supported by conservatives, is part of a trend in which the Roberts' court generally has moved to the right.

TOM GOLDSTEIN: Almost every significant case this term that divided on ideological lines was won by the conservatives.

ANDREWS: That's partly because the court swing vote, Anthony Kennedy, has swung mostly conservative, notably by upholding the ban on partial-birth abortion.

GOLDSTEIN: From abortion to free speech, campaign finance regulation, he's consistently voted with the more conservative wing of the court.

ANDREWS: The Roberts court this term was also tough on people bringing lawsuits. The Court, for example, said taxpayers may not sue the president to stop funding faith-based charities. Women may not sue for pay discrimination if they don't sue within 180 days. Investors can't sue Wall Street firms that might be fixing prices.

PAMELA KARLAN: It's a little hard to say they're decisively pro-business. I mean, they're certainly not pro-the little guy.

ANDREWS: Often the court's only woman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, would verbally strike back. In that wage case, she complained the "Court is indifferent to how women can be victims of wage discrimination." She said the partial-birth abortion decision "reflects ancient notions about women's place in the family." And this was out loud in open court.

KARLAN: Which is an unusual thing for justices to do. Reflects a kind ofanger at the direction in which the Court is going.