It will take five votes on the Supreme Court for Arizona to get permission to start enforcing key parts of its tough new immigration control law–S.B. 1070–and those votes appeared to be within reach on Wednesday.
In the final round of hearings in a Supreme Court term that has seemed closely linked to the 2012 election campaign, the Supreme Court turns its attention this week to the emotional subject of immigration controls.
The centerpiece of the new federal health care law, and its most controversial part – the individual insurance mandate – looked to be doomed after the first hour of the Supreme Court’s hearing on it Tuesday.
Amid sure signs that the Supreme Court Justices are deeply interested in the constitutionality of the new health care law’s key sections, and definite signs that they have been studying up for the task, they moved on Monday to get beyond the preliminaries and get set for Tuesday’s crucial two-hour hearing.
In the fictional “Killing Lincoln,” Bill O’Reilly touts Lincoln as our best president. In part, that accolade is based on the perception of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.
The language of rights, and especially of constitutional rights, is sometimes not used with precision. More can be claimed by a simple suggestion that rights exist than is, in fact, true.
The Court probably will be faced with major constitutional questions closely related to some of the 2012 election campaign’s main issues.