One of the most significant, long-term effects of the Republican electoral wave of 2014 will not just be who serves as justices in the courts, but who the courts decide are entitled to justice.
Forty-one years since Roe v. Wade, the question is: Will the Roberts Court do to Roe and abortion rights what it did to health-care reform and keep just enough of it intact to call it legal, while rendering it nearly impossible to obtain?
The vote is the first since Senate Democrats reformed filibuster rules and marks the beginning of a pushback against Republican obstructionism.
Republicans have now blocked three well-qualified women from serving on the nation’s second highest court.
Senate Republicans filibuster a centrist judicial candidate, successfully blocking the second woman nominated by President Obama to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
It may be just a game for Republicans in the House, but the effect of their politicizing the judiciary has very real consequences.
A legal battle in Wisconsin may be setting up a test case on whether Catholic hospitals can ever deny admitting privileges to abortion providers.
President Obama made another move to address critical judicial vacancies with three new nominees in Pennsylvania.
Just after the election President Obama moved to fill seven federal court vacancies. Almost all the nominees are good news for civil rights advocates.
With a federal judicary already in crisis, a Mitt Romney presidency could spell the end of the federal judiciary as we know it.