Portfolio Category: Blackstone Briefing

The Hottest Issue of the 2004 Elections

The Hottest Issue of the 2004 Elections: Curbing the Courts, I. ”The discretion of a Judge is the law of tyrants . . . In the best of times it is often caprice – in the worst, it is every vice, folly and passion, to which human nature is liable.” So spoke Lord Camden long…
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Gnawing at the Nominees

May 2005 Gnawing at the Nominees: The Fourth Anniversary of Judicial Nomination Obstructionism Four years ago today marks the beginning of an unprecedented and unconstitutional effort by Senate Democrats to obstruct judicial nominations and justice in America. On May 9, 2001, President George Bush named his first nominees to the federal courts. The Senate has…
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The “Deal” on Judicial Nominations Filibusters: An Update

June 2005 “Today’s vote marks  a triumph of principle over politics and results over rhetoric.”  So said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist after the U. S. Senate confirmed Priscilla Owen to a seat on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.   But neither Constitutionalists, who hold a high view of the Constitution, nor many of their…
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Will the Real Justice O’Connor Please Stand Up?

July 2005 America is engulfed in the flames of a Culture War. This war is reaching new levels of white-hot intensity with the onset of vacancies on the U. S. Supreme Court. We must understand that the battle over judges is not really over people, but over principles. The fight is not over just a…
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Questionnaire for Judges

August 2005 From: Virginia C. Armstrong, Ph.D., National Chairman, Eagle Forum’s Court  Watch; President, The Blackstone Institute INSTRUCTIONS: Each of the items below is a direct quote from an American court opinion, legislative measure, or credentialed legal scholar. Respond to each item in the following manner: 1 =Agree; 0 = No Comment; 2 = Disagree…
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Will the Real John Roberts Please Stand Up?

August 2005 The last time I read the U. S. Constitution (which was quite recently), the document still began with the words, “We, the People of the United States . . . .”   If this declaration still means anything, it means that the American people have a right to know—a necessity of knowing—the basic philosophical…
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Chief Justice John Roberts? A Troubling Prospect

September 2005 The current battle over nominations to the U. S. Supreme Court is not really a battle over people, but over principles. It is not a fight for just a court, but for a country. What did we learn from last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings about Chief Justice nominee John Roberts and this…
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The Mess with Meirs: An Embattled Judicial Nomination

October 2005 The Mess with Miers:  An Embattled Judicial Nomination Will George Bush withdraw his embattled nomination of Harriet Miers to the U. S. Supreme Court?  Or will Miers herself withdraw?  Predicting our West Texas weather is easier than trying to predict Miers’s future, but there is an accelerating momentum in support of her withdrawal.…
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