Scholars & Scribes Review the Rulings: The Supreme Court's 2005-2006 Term
Recorded on July 13, 2006
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
The Supreme Court's 2005 Term is over - but the serious analysis
has just begun. The serious debate concerning the Court's term
takes place at The Heritage Foundation. How did the new Chief
Justice and Associate Justice perform? What did the Court really
say in Hamdan, and how can the Administration and Congress
respond? Are there more campaign finance laws like Vermont's on the
In other cases, criminal defendants received decidedly mixed
results this term. What accounts for that? Did the Administration
suffer serious defeats, including the Guantanamo detainees case
(Hamdan), its regulation of drugs to facilitate suicide
(Gonzales v. Oregon), its overreaching in wetlands
regulations (Rapanos), its sweeping reading of the
campaign finance laws (Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC) or
are these understandable bumps in the road? What about its
victories in the military recruiting case (Rumsfeld v. Forum
for Academic Rights), and the many cases in which its amicus
position prevailed (Scheidler v. Now, Ayotte v.
Planned Parenthood, and Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon).
What do this year's cases signal for the pending partial birth
abortion, racial preference, and campaign finance cases?
Most important of all, how will the new justices vote on these
and other important constitutional questions that involve
presidential powers, the war on terrorism, the First Amendment, and
"privacy" rights - or does that matter? Is Justice Kennedy becoming
"a Court of one" or is the Court changing around him? This year's
Scholars & Scribes will have all the answers.