Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, said, "When you look beyond the high profile decision in the Affordable Care Act, the Roberts court is undeniably conservative and the chief himself has led the court in an undeniably ideological conservative direction."
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Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Chris Coons: Technology will continue to evolve, but our Constitution endures. We took an oath to uphold the Constitution. So did every member of the U.S. Supreme Court. The government says that it has the authority to search phones without a warrant. As a matter of text and history, however, the Fourth Amendment says that they do not. We hope the Supreme Court agrees.
American voters are broadly unhappy with the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a poll released Tuesday. The survey, conducted by Democratic pollster The Mellman Group for the progressive-leaning Constitutional Accountability Center, finds that most rate the court negatively and back changes to the system.
“The court has taken and decided huge cases in the last nine years, and on most of the biggest cases, divided along ideological lines,” said Doug Kendall, founder and president of CAC. “The poll shows that this has taken a huge toll on the court’s ratings, with most of Americans now disapproving of the court’s job performance and viewing the court in a very political light.”
A majority of Americans view the Supreme Court unfavorably, believe the high court is too friendly toward corporations and would prefer term limits to lifetime appointments, according to a new survey conducted by the Mellman Group. The survey was commissioned by the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC), a liberal legal organization that has been highly critical of the Roberts Court.
"When he’s got the votes, it seems Roberts can move the law exactly as quickly as he wants,” said Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel of the Constitutional Accountability Center and a frequent critic of the Roberts court.
Late last week, the Constitutional Accountability Center, a left-leaning group with a focus on law and the federal courts, began circulating its own letter urging Barron’s confirmation, signed by groups like the Alliance for Justice, the NAACP and People for the American Way. The group also sent an email to supporters saying that the Barron nomination was being “held hostage” to the dispute over transparency related to the targeted killing program.
Just as the Supreme Court in 1967 consigned Virginia’s laws against interracial marriage to the dustbin of history, I think it’s only a matter of time before the same happens to the state’s most recent set of discriminatory marriage laws. How much time, I’m not quite sure. But in Bostic, the 4th Circuit should help do away with these laws. The Constitution requires no less.
"The two Obama nominees have found their footing and emerged as a powerful counterweight, particularly in some very spirited dissents," says Doug Kendall, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center. "We can expect this fight of ideas and words to continue and probably even get more heated over the coming years and decades."
To go toe-to-toe with Republicans and conservatives over the next Supreme Court vacancy, and the far stormier battles that can be expected as Republican as well as Democratic justices retire, Democrats and progressives must correct their self-inflicted disabilities, revise their playbook, and offer a persuasive vision rooted in the rule of law and the Constitution’s text and history.
"Relying on the history of the Fourth Amendment, Justice Scalia has become a frequent champion of broad Fourth Amendment protections — not only joining opinions by his more liberal colleagues, but also often writing powerful opinions in which they join," said Brianne Gorod, counsel for the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center. "Notably, in every non-unanimous Fourth Amendment case last Term, Justice Scalia sided with the defense."
The Roberts court has sided with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 71 percent of the time when the powerful business lobby formally involves itself in a case, according to a tally kept by the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC). "Businesses tend to do very well, and that’s especially true in the closer cases,” said Tom Donnelly, counsel for the center. “They find a very receptive ear at the Roberts court.”