Sat, Jun 11|
Hijacked—The Supreme Court in the 21st Century
The leak of a draft opinion that seems to be a death knell for Roe v. Wade has focused even sharper attention on the now openly right-wing majority of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Saturdays, 1:00-2:30 Central
Jun 11, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
It’s often suggested that America’s court is no longer working for everyone. The Supreme Court is dominated by a 6-3 Republican supermajority that is consistently ruling in favor of corporate and partisan interests. The refusal in 2016 of the then GOP-dominated Senate to hold hearings for Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland on the grounds that it was an election year didn’t halt the rushed confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett in 2020. And Mitch McConnell’s recent promise that no additional Biden Court pick would be considered should give us all pause. Just how doctrinaire is the current majority? If Democrats ever again secure an actual working Congressional majority, should they consider expanding the Court? Why are so many legal scholars voicing their deep concern? Do we have a runaway court? Topics include: • The Court, the leak, Roe, and Election 2022 • Alito's curious, and revealing, reasoning • Clarence and Ginni Thomas: insurrection in the family? • Trump's Justices • McConnell and the right-wing takeover of the courts •The vision of RBG • John Roberts' struggle to rescue a legacy.