Supreme Court

Sex, Love, and Lawrence v. Texas

Mar 19, 2012 By Sonia Smith

A new book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, explores the history of the men behind the landmark Supreme Court case and questions the conventional wisdom of the story.

Court Attack

Mar 31, 2010 By Paul Burka

How the Citizens United decision could spell doom for democracy in Texas.

Supremes block Skinner execution

Mar 24, 2010 By Paul Burka

The U.S. Supreme Court has put Texas’s procedures in death penalty appeals in the spotlight again. It blocked the execution of Henry Skinner, who was schedule to die at 6 p.m. tonight, Texas time. The Court’s action followed the decision of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles not to…

The Supreme Court decision

Jan 21, 2010 By Paul Burka

The argument of the majority is that current law allows the government, in the form of the Federal Election Commission, to penalize certain kinds of political speech, and by doing so, Congress has violated the portion of the First Amendment that states, “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom…

Elect the insurance commissioner?

Mar 4, 2009 By Paul Burka

Everybody who follows politics knows about the doctrine of unforeseen consequences. That is not the problem with the proposal to elect the insurance commissioner. The problem is foreseeable consequences. Texas elects the members of the Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry. Who contributes money to Railroad Commission…

The Judicial Races

Oct 30, 2008 By Paul Burka

I’m going to give you my personal opinions here. Chief Justice, Supreme Court Wallace Jefferson (R) Jim Jordan (D) Tom Oxford (L) The all-Republican Texas Supreme Court is an intellectually corrupt court. By this I mean that it is infused with the appearance of impropriety and inequity. Who you are…

Fight Bakke

Apr 30, 1996 By Paul Burka

Will UT get affirmative action on affirmative action? Plus: A runoff rundown.