In stunning reversal, Supreme Court recognizes that corporations are not people after all.

The Supreme Court ruled today that although a corporation is a “person” (thanks to Citizens United), it has no right to “personal privacy.” The Court rejected AT&T’s effort to wield its “personal privacy” rights to block the release of documents it deemed unflattering. But wait, there’s more! Roberts’s (yes, it end in ‘s) decision is word-nerd heaven: he gets deep into a discussion of adjectives, nouns, and the nuances of meaning. The gist of his reasoning seems to be something like this: because corny doesn’t mean like corn, personal doesn’t mean connected to any entity that happens to be called a person. I’m not sure that logic quite clicks, but it got him to the [...]

In stunning reversal, Supreme Court recognizes that corporations are not people after all.2012-06-18T16:16:49+00:00

Laughter on the Supreme Court: New gal in town

Today’s Washington Post has a great graphic showing which justices’ comments during oral argument provoked the most laughter. The map also breaks down the data according to the target of the funny comment, whether an advocate’s argument, a fellow justice, or the justice himself. (Or, rarely, herself: the data was collected in the 2006-07 term, when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the only woman.)

Laughter on the Supreme Court: New gal in town2012-06-18T18:53:27+00:00