No re-vote called after ENMU election

By Michelle Seeber: Freedom Newspapers Brett Trembly, a senior at Eastern New Mexico University, recently was named student body president — but not until waves created by students opposing his election were smoothed out by the student body’s supreme court. Gary Musgrave, vice president of student affairs and associated students at ENMU, said there were […]

Court lets $9 million judgment stand

Staff and Wire Reports A Clovis couple is happy the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal of a nearly $9 million judgment against a Utah developer stemming from a dispute involving the development of North Plains Mall in Clovis. “It’s been a long battle — 10 years,” said Armand Smith of Clovis. “We’re just happy […]

Scalia must be more vigilant outside of court

Editorial W e normally approve of the way Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reasons. The smart, sometimes pugnacious justice consistently resists the temptation to legislate from the bench. Still, we wish Scalia had declined to go duck hunting in January with a group that included Vice President Dick Cheney. The trip, coming as it did […]

Judicial branch slow to rein in executive branch

Freedom Newspapers Our constitutional scheme, with three branches of government and government further divided by having local, state and national levels, is the best scheme yet devised for protecting the people’s liberties by empowering different branches of government to limit one another’s power. But it doesn’t always work perfectly. It is during times of war […]

Judges becoming too power hungry

By Thomas Sowell Lawlessness usually conjures up images of a wild frontier or mobs in the streets. But the painful reality is that the supreme examples of lawlessness in our times are in the august and sedate chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. If you think the issue in the recent Supreme […]

Editor’s death, new law blows to freedom

Mona Charen Last Wednesday, freedom took two body blows. The first was the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to permit the limitation of political speech. This is not exotic dancing or flag burning. This is “Vote for Sam Smith” — the beating heart of our democracy. The Supreme Court has just […]

New campaign law limits more than just finance

The Supreme Court decision Wednesday upholding most aspects of the campaign finance limitation law passed by Congress last year affirms that when it comes to a trendy fixation of the political class, the Constitution — even the First Amendment, on which this court has generally been not bad — means little or nothing. Simple language […]

Gay marriage has own set of problems

Mona Charen If you are like most Americans, you know that gay marriage is coming and you don’t feel you have the power to stop it. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled (4 to 3) that the state’s existing matrimonial laws are irrational and gave the legislature 180 days to revise them. President Clinton, you […]

U.S. government must have checks and balances

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Liberty includes freedom from arbitrary action by government. That’s why the U.S. Constitution established a judicial branch as a check on the powers of the executive and legislative branches. For that reason it’s commendable that the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided to take up the question of whether those […]

‘Commerce Clause’ is easy to manipulate

Walter Williams Several weeks ago, I discussed how Congress systematically abuses the Constitution’s “welfare clause” to control our lives in ways that would have been an abomination to the framers. Quite a few readers pointed to my omission of Congress’ companion tool to circumvent both the letter and spirit of the Constitution, namely the “Commerce […]

Sex offender required to register

Court decision means sex offender must register STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has refused to hear a case involving a Clovis man who asked to be exempted from New Mexico’s sex offender registry. By denying a request to consider the matter, the court lets stand a ruling last September […]

The battle for Supreme Court seats beginning

The rumor mills in Washington are active and the natives are anticipating a knock-down, drag-out imbroglio, perhaps as early as this summer, of the sort that everybody officially deplores for the damage done to collegiality while privately relishing every blow. Two Supreme Court justices might decide to resign, giving President Bush the opportunity to nominate […]

Editorial: Supreme Court discount drug ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s confused decision on an effort by the state of Maine to use the federal Medicaid program as leverage to force drug manufacturers to give other Maine residents a discount on prescription drug prices makes one wonder why the high court took the case. The decision was so fractured, with four separate […]

Price-fixing violates free marketplace

By Tibor Machan Imagine you are a plumber or a teacher or a guitar player, working in Maine. Imagine that some people who want your services just don’t want to pay your wages. They think you cost too much. So, they go to the government and get it to order you to work at the […]

Supreme Court should back right to bear arms

Americans soon could see a shoot-out at the Supreme Court corral. Two circuit courts have issued contradictory readings of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Such contradictions commonly have been a reason for the top court to attempt to bring consistency to judicial interpretations. Last December, a three-judge panel of the 9th […]