Wednesday, October 23, 2013

RBG's Greatest Hits (on the Majority)

"And though she be but little, she is fierce."
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

As the Supreme Court issued some of its last decisions of the 2012-2013 term, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took the unusual step of reading three dissents from the bench, showing her strong feelings about them. The number is actually four, because one of her statements covered two separate cases.

Here, as she sounded live in the courtroom during the last week of June, are Justice Ginsburg's Greatest Hits (on the majority). Hearty thanks to Oyez for making them available online last night.

Shelby County v. Holder (Voting Rights Act)
"What has become of the Court's usual restraint...?"

Vance v. Ball State University & University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar (Title VII)
"The Court's disregard for the realities of the workplace means that many victims of workplace harassment will have no effective remedy."

Fisher v. University of Texas (affirmative action, a solo dissent)
"I have several times explained why government actors, including state universities, need not blind themselves to the still lingering, everyday evident effects of centuries of law-sanctioned inequality."

Could the Supreme Court's next step to greater public access be live broadcast or same-day audio release of opinion announcements or arguments? I think that is a realistic target.