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Justice Says Legalize It
Retired Supreme Court judge weighs in on pot prohibition
"...Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens believes the feds should legalize marijuana...."

April 25, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness
Apparently, the mere mention of drugs justifies suppressing student speech
"...actually a "pro-drug" message. As such, opines Chief Justice John G. Roberts, the sentiment is unprotected speech – at..."

July 6, 2007 News Column by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: Supreme Confusion
The Supreme Court ratifies the Texas GOP majority with a shrug
"...it serves as an official legal rebuke to Congressman John Carter's inane declaration of a few days before, "I..."

July 7, 2006 News Column by Michael King

The Supremes Take a Hit
The federalist smoke from medical marijuana reaches the Supreme Court. Can they clear the air on states' rights, pot, and the Constitution?
"...represented, in this case, by retiring U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Drug Enforcement Administration head Karen Tandy –..."

Dec. 10, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Smart Enough to Die
In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for mentally retarded defendants. Still, Texas finds a way.
"...that banned execution of the mentally impaired, there was Johnny Paul Penry, sentenced to die for the 1979 rape..."

April 19, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Supremes Rule on Lethal Injection
Three-drug cocktail is A-OK
"...– joined the majority opinion penned by Chief Justice John Roberts...."

April 25, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Meanwhile, at the Supreme Court ...
"...This is what John Paul Stevens has argued for years, even before Bandemer..."

Dec. 19, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Supremes Navigate Water Law
What is a navigable waterway? Court's latest weighing of limits of Clean Water Act portends future of additional regulatory battles and likely talk of amending the act
"...four on the other side, joining the opinion of John Paul Stevens, which would allow the Corps' more broad..."

June 30, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Court Reporter
At the Supreme Court Wednesday, it was all about Texas and the future
"...most aggressive questioning was aimed at lead plaintiff attorney Paul Smith and Nina Perales of the Mexican American Legal..."

March 3, 2006 News Feature by Michael King

Death Row Inmates' Sentences Overturned
Supremes overturn death sentences of three Texas inmates, sending them back to state courts and calling into question the death sentences of dozens of other inmates
"...In the majority opinions, Justices John Paul Stevens (who authored the majority opinions in the..."

May 4, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Weed Watch
Previously losing at Supreme Court on narrow ruling, Raich now argues medical necessity
"...medi-pot. According to the majority opinion, authored by Justice John Paul Stevens, the government may use its commerce clause..."

Dec. 2, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Take That!: Supremes Allow Takings for Development
Effect on notable local cases still uncertain
"...and … revitalize an economically distressed city," wrote Justice John Paul Stevens. Not everyone in the neighborhood was happy..."

July 1, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Supremes Weigh In on 'Partial-Birth' Abortion
Supremes recently heard oral arguments in two cases that ask whether federal law banning so-called partial-birth abortion should be allowed to stand – even though it lacks any exception to protect life of the mother
"...live births – and the government, through Solicitor General Paul Clement, argued before the court last week that it's..."

Nov. 24, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Weed Watch
Supreme Court tosses out mandatory sentencing ... sort of
"...trial. The so-called "guidelines" are in fact mandatory, Justice John Paul Stevens opined for the majority in the first..."

Jan. 21, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Supremes vs. 'Texecutions'
"...who committed their crimes as juveniles. Written by Justice John Paul Stevens and joined by Justices David Souter, Ruth..."

Oct. 25, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: Revenge of the Cyborgs
Speech may be free, but justice costs real money
"...Kennedy's self-flattering effusions are followed by Chief Justice John Roberts (joined by Samuel Alito), primarily to insist that..."

Jan. 29, 2010 News Column by Michael King

Author? Author?
Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays? Writer Amy Freed plays the question for laughs.
"...Malcolm X, and present and former Supreme Court Justices John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun – have fingered a..."

March 31, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Naked City
House of Reps to vote on an amendment that would forbid the Department of Justice from using federal resources to enforce the government's drug prohibition laws against sick patients
"...answer. While there may be other legal recourse, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the six-justice majority, "perhaps more..."

June 17, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Cruel and Unusual
The Supreme Court decides the death houses can do without a few more victims
"...public standard). In his opinion for the majority, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote: "Because of their disabilities in areas..."

June 28, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Possession Not a Passport to Deportation
Supremes rule that deportation isn't automatic
"...In a unanimous decision (with Justice John Paul Stevens writing for seven judges and Justices Antonin..."

June 15, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: Supremes v. Texas
The future of U.S. politics may become, "Vote for Show, Map for Dough"
"...excessive use of racial categories. Newly minted Chief Justice John Roberts, by contrast, suggested that Mexican American Legal Defense..."

March 10, 2006 News Column by Michael King

Bonus Bill of the Week: Corporations Can't Vote, But Can Make It Rain
Dems seek constitutional overturn for Citizens United
"...they didn't give it directly to campaigns. As Justice John Paul Stevens wrote at the time in the dissenting..."

Jan. 13, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Headlines
"...• Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced April 9 that he will retire..."

April 16, 2010 News Feature

Pot Possession a Passport to Deportation?
Supreme Court considers when a legal U.S. resident can face deportation
"...long," according to the Supremes' opinion, authored by Justice John Paul Stevens and joined by six others. Padilla said..."

April 1, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Rehabbing the Fourth Amendment
Supremes draw a line on warrantless searches
"...Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, David Souter and Clarence Thomas joining John Paul Stevens' opinion -- agreed that the search was..."

April 21, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Supremes OK Search Powers
Court says it's OK for cops to search your car even if you're not in it
"...Not so, Justice John Paul Stevens argued in a dissent joined by Justice..."

June 4, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere.
"...6:30pm, Travis Co. Precinct 1 Satellite Service Center, 9301 Johnny Morris Rd.; Thursday, June 23, 6:30pm, Precinct 3 Travis..."

June 10, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Point Austin: About Those Voting Rights
Colorblind ain't the same as blind
"...Yet here was Chief Justice John Roberts two weeks ago, dismissing out of hand the..."

May 15, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Supremes Chip Another Brick out of 'Roe' Wall
Court allows ban on 'partial birth' procedure
"...Bader Ginsburg wrote in a dissent (joined by Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, and Stephen Breyer). "It tolerates,..."

April 27, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Supremes Stand for Individual Rights
Two new opinions from the high court check state powers
"...Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority (joined by Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader..."

June 26, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

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