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Justice Thomas Breaks His Seven Years of Silence

Justice Thomas Breaks His Seven Years of Silence
Justice Clarence Thomas did something at a Supreme Court argument Monday for the first time in nearly seven years — he spoke. But what Thomas said is not clear, other than he appears to have joked about Ivy League lawyers.
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I'm Just 'Sonia From the Bronx'

I'm Just 'Sonia From the Bronx'
In her first broadcast interview, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks about her life and career leading up to her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, including the role Nancy Drew and Perry Mason played in her decision to become a judge.
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The Other Crucial Civil Rights Case the Supreme Court Will be Ruling On

Last month, the Supreme Court said it will consider the constitutionality of a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the hallmark legislation from the Civil Rights era that has come under increased challenge. The cornerstone provision is known as Section 5, which holds some states accountable to get federal clearance before making any changes to their voting laws.
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Should the Supreme Court Enforce a Code of Ethics on Itself?

It’s the first Monday in October, so the big news outlets and legal blogs were full over the weekend of stories and posts on the opening of the Supreme Court’s 2012-13 term.
The new term begins with the court still refusing to formally adopt for itself the ethical code it enforces at every other level of the federal judiciary. The Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges instructs judges to maintain their independence by acting “without fear or favor.” It tells judges to disqualify themselves from cases in which they or members of their family have a personal interest, to take care to obey laws requiring them to disclose their personal finances and to avoid any involvement in partisan politics, among other things.
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