John Roberts (Chief Justice)

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Supreme Court Paves the Way for Gay Marriage, Strikes Down DOMA, Dismisses Prop. 8

    In a 5-4 ruling this morning the U.S. Supreme Court deemed section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act -- the part that prohibited same-sex couples from tax breaks and other benefits associated with marriage -- unconstitutional on equal protection grounds. It also toppled an appeal of a landmark C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Prop. 8: Revisiting Judge Vaughn Walker's Masterpiece

    When Judge Vaughn Walker in 2010 delivered his legal masterpiece, meticulously putting foes of same-sex marriage into clown suits, many smart folks predicted its 15 citations of Justice Anthony Kennedy's own rulings would make it difficult for the Supreme Court's swing vote to disagree with himself. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Proposition 8 Hearing Underway in Supreme Court

    Update 8:30 a.m.: The Supreme Court blog is reporting that oral arguments are finished and that the Supreme Court will not make a ruling on same-sex marriage. If this is the case, the lower court's ruling stands and Prop 8 is invalidated. Update 8:24 a.m.: The Supreme Court blog is reporting that J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    State's DNA Collection Laws Face Appellate Court Review

    Last week, opening arguments began in the murder trial of William Payne. Prosecutors have charged Payne with killing a 41-year-old man named Nikolaus Crumbley in 1983. The trial will spotlight the advancements of DNA technology. Payne was arrested earlier this year, after the state's Department of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Supervisor Wiener Wants Healthy SF to Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery

    Healthy San Francisco, the city's attempt at universal healthcare, has helped many local residents who don't have health insurance receive affordable medical treatment. But who is hasn't helped entirely are San Francisco's transgender residents seeking certain medical procedures, such as gender reas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    San Francisco vs. Seattle: Which City Is Better?

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer recently concluded the obvious for us Northern Californians: The Emerald City is a way better place to be than the smoggy hell hole of Los Angeles. But what we aren't so sure about is whether Seattle is a better place to be than San Francisco. To help readers make thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Obama Officially Wins Health Care Debate

    Now is the time to take back all the really mean things you have said about Justice John Roberts. The very conservative Supreme Court Justice gave us a reason to think that thing just might be okay when he not only sided with the liberal justices on Obamacare, but wrote the majority opinion upholdin ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    The Pro-Gay Marriage Ruling Conservatives Should Love

    Men with Confederate Flag decals reading "Never Forget" on their gun rack-equipped pickups and a fondness for "state's rights" don't seem like the likely demographic to support same-sex marriage. Following today's unanimous ruling by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston that the Defense of Mar ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 3, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Prop. 8 Ruling: Literature and Strategy

    ‚ÄčUPDATE: APPEAL FILED THIS MORNINGThe multitudes who took to the streets yesterday to either celebrate or denigrate Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling overturning Prop. 8 in many ways resembled the millions of tipplers worldwide who lift a glass on Bloomsday -- but would never dream of reading Ulysses. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    SF Weekly Appeal Finally Heard, But No Decision Yet from the Court

    ​ Twenty-seven months after a San Francisco jury levied a gargantuan $16 million judgment against SF Weekly and its parent company for allegedly trying to "injure" the Bay Guardian, the California Court of Appeal heard oral arguments in the case Friday morning. The brief session before a thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Memo to Elena Kagan: Come Out of the Closet

    Elena Kagen's life as a -- ahem -- softball player shouldn't be a big secret​"She's a lesbian!" said Betty White over and over again on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. White was talking about a character in a Little Women parody but she might as well have been talking about Elena Kagan, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    School That Deemed American Flag Clothing 'Incendiary' on Shaky Legal Ground

    Higher-ups at Live Oak High School may be caught with their pants down, legally‚ÄčAdministrators at Morgan Hill's Live Oak High School who opted to send home students bedecked in American flag regalia on Cinco de Mayo likely ran afoul of the law, one of the nation's foremost constitutional scholars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Seen In San Francisco: Newsstand Artist Unveils Latest Obama Portrait

    Fred, just FredHere's a good reason to visit your local newsstand...During election season, we wrote about the newsstand proprietor at Church and Market who posted a pair of notably fine pencil drawings of presidential contenders John McCain and Barack Obama in his kiosk. After Obama won in a landsl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    A Love Supreme: High Court Jurists Apparently Have a Yen for S.F. Eateries

    So, we weren't at all surprised to see the above headline, "San Francisco restaurants appeal to Supreme Court." After all, with so many great restaurants to choose from, why shouldn't the local fare be appealing to our highest court? In fact, here's the breakdown: Chief Justice John Roberts: We hear ... More >>

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