Why A Terrible U.S. Supreme Court Is The Historical Norm

 

You’ve possibly discovered jokes about lawyers before. Here’s a well advanced version, coming from future Chief Justice Of The U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts in April of 1983: “The commonly accepted notion that the court can only hear approximately 150 subjects each word makes the same appreciation of reassurance as the adjournment of the court in July, when we know the Constitution is safe for the summer.” We know, we know, it’s not exactly a kickass one-liner. But what if it is getting at something true about the U.S. Supreme Court’s devastating superpower? What if our whole Constitution can vanish because five out of nine Justices get a little too active? And what if Chief Justice Roberts is a perfect speciman of the inconsistent, insensitive, inscrutable jurists who’ve hamstrung American democracy for centuries…all without most people detect?

On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is acceded to by Ian Millhiser , author of the book Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfy and Afflicting the Afflicted . They’ll re-discover the forgotten SCOTUS decisions that endorsed everything from racism to sexism to wildly villainous child labour. They’ll explore the complicated make-up of today’s Court, with a view to how its faultings could destroy it. And great news: they’ll celebrate the rare past SCOTUS that got a whole lot of things right, and look at how that golden era could happen all over again.

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Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfy and Afflicting the Afflicted by Ian Millhiser

Ian Millhiser on Twitter

Canadian Supreme Court group photo, 2016

Alito rips Canadian Supreme Court’s ‘Santa Claus’ capes( Chicago Sun-Times )~ ATAGEND

“The emerging subdivide between the Supreme Court’s Republicans” by Ian Millhiser( ThinkProgress )~ ATAGEND

Small states are getting a very big say in “whos got” on Supreme court of the united states( CNN )~ ATAGEND

story from Nov. 3rd, 2016: “If Clinton Wins, Republican Show Cringing Size of Supreme Court”( NPR )~ ATAGEND

“Let’s See About Court-Packing” by Ian Millhiser( Democracy Journal )~ ATAGEND

1937: Roosevelt announces “court-packing” plan( History.com )~ ATAGEND

“The switch in time that saved nine”( Wikipedia )~ ATAGEND

The American Liberty League, 1934 -1 940( JStor/ The American Historical Review )~ ATAGEND

Earl Warren( History.com )~ ATAGEND

A New Lochner Era( Slate )~ ATAGEND

An Incomplete List Of Nightmare SCOTUS Decisions

Dred Scott v. Sandford( 1857 )~ ATAGEND

United States v. Cruikshank( 1876 )~ ATAGEND

Chae Chan Ping v. United States( 1888 )~ ATAGEND

In re Debs( 1895 )~ ATAGEND

United States v. E. C. Knight Company( 1895 )~ ATAGEND

Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan& Trust( 1895 )~ ATAGEND

Plessy v. Ferguson( 1896 )~ ATAGEND

Downes v. Bidwell( 1901) and another “Insular Cases”

Lochner v. New York( 1905 )~ ATAGEND

Muller v. Oregon( 1908 )~ ATAGEND

Hammer v. Dagenhart( 1918 )~ ATAGEND

Schenck v. United States( 1919 )~ ATAGEND

Adkins v. Children’s Hospital( 1923 )~ ATAGEND

Buck v. Bell( 1927 )~ ATAGEND

Grovey v. Townsend( 1935 )~ ATAGEND

Korematsu v. United States( 1944 )~ ATAGEND

San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez( 1973 )~ ATAGEND

Smith v. Maryland( 1979 )~ ATAGEND

New York v. Quarles( 1984 )~ ATAGEND

Bush v Gore( 2000 )~ ATAGEND

Vieth v. Jubelirer( 2004 )~ ATAGEND

Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire( 2007 )~ ATAGEND

Citizens United v. F.E.C.( 2010 )~ ATAGEND and McCutcheon v. F.E.C.( 2014 )~ ATAGEND

Shelby County v. Holder( 2013 )~ ATAGEND

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores( 2014 )~ ATAGEND

Trump v. Hawaii( 2018 )~ ATAGEND

TIMELY UPDATES( as of Jan. 21 st, 2019 )</ u ></ b>

When we have spoken major Supreme Court news coming on “Friday”, we therefore referencing SCOTU’Ss Friday January 18 th discussion, where they are likely to announce taking subjects or extending on instances. Now it looks like they’re waiting until Tues. Jan. 22 nd to announce policy decisions from that. More details here . A heads-up: we’re not strategy on updating this room with Tuesday’s news, since that is after this chapter releases.

According to Pete Williams of NBC News, the potential Supreme Court case impacting DACA must be taken up very soon to be heard under the present SCOTUS term. If it’s not taken up soon, the DACA program will continue for at least ten more months. Story here .

“Box v. Proposed Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc.” is the full epithet of the “Box” potential subject impacting Planned Parenthood funding. More details here .

Exciting Tour News !</ u ></ b>

See the first-ever Cracked Podcast LIVE TOUR this spring! Get your tickets now for: Thursday April 11 th — Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL and Friday April 12 th — Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul MN .</ i>

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