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The high court, in a 5-4 ruling, overturned the 1986 Michigan v. Jackson ruling, which said police may not initiate questioning of a defendant who has a lawyer or has asked for one unless the attorney is present. - Wall Street Journal

It's really poor form to root for someone to die. But I very much wish the Chief Justice were someone a hell of a lot better, and it's a lifetime appointment.

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President Barack Obama today announced his nomination of James Madison to the Supreme Court. Madison, who has served as the fourth President of the United States and the recording officer of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, and played a key role in the drafting of the Bill of Rights, was attacked as "insufficiently qualified" for the position, having never served as a magistrate in any court. Critics say Madison, whose Bill of Rights is extensively concerned with the rights of accused and convicted criminals, is "dangerously out of touch" and "pro-crime, to a disturbing degree." Some are bothered by Madison's presumed stances on such issues as abortion and gay marriage, as these topics are not mentioned anywhere in Madison's extensive body of writings.

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