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    2013 Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture: Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain

    It is unmistakable that our current Supreme Court plays a robust role in our republic. And according to Joseph Story, that is what the Founders intended. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Anthony Kennedy have recently weighed in with their perspectives on the scope of judicial power. In August … More

    Court Rejects Obama Administration's Argument in Fast and Furious Lawsuit

    A federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., has rejected the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the House of Representatives against Attorney General Eric Holder to enforce its subpoena for documents related to the its investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. Holder was held … More

    Obama Stumbles While Stepping Back on Supreme Court Comments

    Although the Supreme Court Justices are tight-lipped, most everyone else has condemned President Obama for the attack he launched at the judiciary on Monday.  Even the Washington Post editorialized that “the comments strayed perilously close to a preemptive strike on the court’s legitimacy.” On Monday, Obama – who often is … More

    Obama Jumps the Shark, Takes One Leap Too Far

    This week, President Barack Obama lashed out at the Supreme Court, slamming it as an “unelected group of people” who will have turned to “judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint” if they strike down Obamacare. In other words, he was implying that the Court does not have the authority to … More

    Holder's Letter to Judges Ignores the Issue

    Instead of responding to the 5th Circuit Court’s explicit request regarding President Obama’s untoward comments about the Supreme Court’s power to overturn congressional statutes, Attorney General Eric Holder sent the judges a law student-level brief on the propriety of judicial review. The letter intentionally ignored the judge’s main question, which … More

    Dear Liberals, Originalism Is Not Activism

    Obamacare’s day in court didn’t go so well, and liberals are in a panic. Sensing the demise of Obamacare, they have begun to preemptively accuse the conservative justices of “judicial activism.” But the more they try to explain how striking down Obamacare would be “judicial activism,” the clearer it is … More

    Actively Destroying the Republic

    Robert Bork at Heritage / Photo by Andrew Blasko Former judge Robert Bork delivered the first lecture in Heritage’s Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture series that is a part of a larger 10-year initiative started by the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies to bring back judicial restraint and the rule … More