'Conservative' courts and judicial activism

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Our first topic on this program was the national crisis over Bush v. Gore, when the US Supreme Court decided the 2000 presidential election. Florida's state courts were summarily over-ridden — by Supreme Court justices who'd promised to uphold states' rights and by a 5-to-4 decision declared George W. Bush the winner. One dissenter called the majority "crudely partisan." On this last week before To the Point turns to podcasting only, we hear what's happening now. From the Supreme Court on down, President Trump has promised to choose judges from lists of conservative activists.

Credits

Guests:
Jeffrey Toobin - New Yorker magazine / CNN - @JeffreyToobin, Robert Barnes - Supreme Court correspondent for the Washington Post - @scotusreporter, Zoe Tillman - BuzzFeed News - @ZoeTillman, Ilya Shapiro - Cato Institute - @ishapiro, Dahlia Lithwick - Legal Affairs correspondent for Slate - @dahlialithwick

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Sáša Woodruff, Andrea Brody, Devan Schwartz