The Fight over the Federal Judiciary

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When they refused to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said that federal judges would have to "answer for their behavior." Although he later apologized for being "inartful" in his comments, the campaign to limit the third branch of government is going strong. What some conservatives call a "war on faith" by federal judges has turned into a war against the judges themselves. There are moves in Congress to limit their jurisdiction, cut their budgets and make impeachment easier. Have "activist judges" gone too far? Are proposed restrictions constitutional? We examine the latest outbreak of a controversy as old as the constitution with evangelists, legal experts, advocates of judicial independence and a former spokesman for Attorney General Janet Reno. (An extended version of this discussion was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)
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Hahn re-election campaign

Villaraigosa mayoral campaign

Orlov's article on the changing mayoral race

ACLU on religious liberty

CNN feature on removal of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

TtP (Making News segment) on Supreme Court and Terri Schiavo case

NewsHour segment on the Supreme Court and Ten Commandments

Schiavo case, Senator DeLay on

Supreme Court on Van Orden v Perry



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton