June 27, 2005

Supremes finish term, issue rulings

The U.S. Supreme court handed down rulings today, including one which they got right. They ruled 5-4 that religious displays such as the ten commandments cannot be displayed inside courthouses, but allowed that certain displays, such as friezes are allowed on courthouse grounds.

They also ruled unanimously against file-sharing software makers and held that they can be liable for users of their programs using it to download copywrited materials such as songs and movies. The ruling sends the issue back down to the lower court which had earlier ruled in favor of file-sharing company Grokster.

In another key ruling which will result in continuing high prices for consumers accessing the net, they held that cable companies are not required to share their lines with other internet service providers.

More here in the Sun-Times.

Renquist may be resigning at any moment, which will lead to a massive political struggle over who will become the next chief justice as well as who will be named to fill the vacancy.


At 6/27/2005 12:46 PM, Blogger texas QCer said...

The debate should be fun. I hope GW stays away from the extreme right, but I don't have much confidence in that.

At least replacing Rehnquist with another conservative is a net zero gain. The real interesting battle will be when a centrist or left-leaning justice decides to retire. By then, hopefully the Dems will have nominating power.

At 6/27/2005 3:52 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Truly, the fight for supreme court nominees could be the defining political battle of our lifetimes. It's impact will be felt for generations. If Bush suceeds in putting up some hard-line Scalia/Thomas type and they get in, it will tip the already skewed balance of the court in a way that will have serious and far-reaching consequences for decades to come.

At 6/27/2005 5:56 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

See my post up above earlier......


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