June 28, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Just before 10 a.m. EDT today, the nine justices of the Supreme Court will be summoned by a buzzer to the robing room behind the court bench. No matter how acrimonious the fight over the healthcare decision they are about to announce, tradition calls for them to shake hands with one another. Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller began that little ceremony in the late 1800s to note that differences of opinion do not preclude the justices' overall harmony of purpose. That sense of harmony may be short-lived if the court is badly split on what may be the most significant ruling on an act of Congress in more than half a century.
November 24, 2001
Amber Willard GLENDALE -- Prosecutors will meet next week to decide how to proceed after the state Supreme Court rejected indictments filed against three teens accused in the stabbing death of Raul Aguirre. Aguirre, a 17-year-old senior at Hoover High School, was stabbed to death on May 5, 2000, while trying to intervene in what police have called a gang fight. Three teens -- Karen Terteryan, Rafael Gevorgyan and Anait Msryan -- were arrested hours after Aguirre died and have been held on bail since.
January 25, 2006
DOWNTOWN -- U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer made a stop in Burbank on Tuesday, announcing her opposition to Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Even as Boxer spoke in the Burbank City Council Chambers, Alito's nomination was being sent from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the full Senate. His nomination was passed on a 10 to 8 vote split along party lines. "I think it's appropriate that Sen. Boxer was here on election day," said Paul Krekorian, president of Burbank Unified School District's Board of Education, who attended the news conference.
February 15, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman LA CRESCENTA -- Almost two years ago, Sharon Wilson's estranged husband gouged the floors, punched holes in the walls and piled flammable material on all the vents of their La Crescenta home. Two days later, he came back, doused everything with gasoline and burned the house to the ground. Patrick Wilson was convicted of aggravated arson and sentenced to five years in jail, but his wife -- their divorce isn't final -- has been told he could be out of jail as early as April.
May 16, 2002
Mr. Steel notes that the Supreme Court ruled that the internment of U.S. citizens because of their ethnicity was constitutional. Does constitutionality make it right? I think not. The Supreme Court once found slavery and segregation constitutional. This only points out that the Constitution does not necessarily uphold morality. The Constitution's meaning is still argued every year before the Supreme Court. The Constitution allows for pragmatic rationalizations in the context of time and situation.
August 24, 2001
Re: "Supreme Court's role is to interpret the law": While Charles Unger, in "Counselor's Corner" (Community Forum, Aug. 17), has correctly analyzed the legal and political ramifications of Atwater, his conclusion that the Supreme Court failed to protect citizens is wrong. The role of the Supreme Court was defined almost 200 years ago in Marbury v. Madison, and it remains unchallenged so far. In Marbury, the Marshall Court said, "It is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary department to say what the law is."
August 31, 2000
The comments in the Aug. 22 News-Press by two of Glendale's civic leaders were troubling. Councilwoman Ginger Bremberg declares the recommendation of a committee of the Human Relations Coalition "reprehensible" for taking a stance against bigotry. She further characterizes discrimination as an issue that does not matter. Coalition member Larry Zarian opposes public money being given to groups that discriminate, but somehow doesn't appear to think discrimination against homosexuals matters.
September 1, 2001
Amber Willard LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors were working Friday to prepare their request to the state's Supreme Court for review of the case against three teens accused of killing a Glendale boy more than a year ago. An appellate court sided with defense attorneys last month, tossing the grand jury indictments against Karen Terteryan, Rafael Gevorgyan and Anait Msryan, who are accused in the stabbing death of Raul Aguirre...
May 3, 2002
Ron Ruppe's letter to the editor (April 30) demonstrates why one should actually take the time to read a legal decision before making blanket statements that demonstrate complete ignorance of what the Supreme Court has ruled. His letter claims the court's decision "allows the state to ban development on privately owned land in the Tahoe area for environmental reasons and offer no compensation to the land owners." It does no such thing. The Tahoe decision relates only to temporary moratoriums placed on property owners by local and state governments.
October 9, 2008
I saw the first TV ads for Proposition 8. I was taken aback by the sheer falsehoods of the claims made about the consequences if this doesn’t pass. The first is that clergy can be sued for refusing to officiate a same-sex marriage. Well, in the four years that Massachusetts has recognized same-sex marriages, there have been no such lawsuits — because the state dictating how clergy can officiate religious ceremonies is in direct violation of the 1st Amendment. (For example, the Catholic Church has never been forced to perform a marriage for a non-Catholic or civilly divorced couple.