February 28, 2006

Web Round Up

Here's CNN's report on the Supreme Court 8-0 decision that the 1970 RICO Act and the Hobbs Act cannot be used to used to ban pro-life demonstrations. This ends a legal battle that's been going on for two decades.

Meanwhile former Playmate Anna Nicole Smith apparently met a "sympathetic audience" this morning when her cases came before SCOTUS.

In a decision written by Clarence Thomas the Court threw out a lawsuit accusing ChevronTexaco and Shell of price fixing.

Meanwhile, over at The Volokh Conspiracy, guest blogger Greg Sisk has some interesting posts on the religious liberty in the courts and traditionalists Christians. It seems at least some empirical studies go against convential wisdom. Here's Sisk:

"The enduring legal myth is that members of minority religious groups face a decidedly uphill battle in securing accommodation for unconventional religious practices, expression, or values from the courts. According to the conventional wisdom, traditional Christian believers may anticipate a more hospitable welcome from the judiciary when asserting claims of conscience or religious liberty. However based upon our empirical study of religious liberty decisions in the federal courts, the proposition that minority religions are less successful with their claims was found to be without support, at least in the modern era and in the lower federal courts. In fact, counter to popular belief, adherents to traditionalist Christian faiths, notably Roman Catholics and Baptists, appear to be the ones that today enter the courthouse doors at a disadvantage."

Media Research Center reviews Newsweek's biased "Reality Check for Roe" piece written in part by leftist journalist Evan Thomas.