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A Tea Party Supreme Court?




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Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is the co-founder of the Tea Party advocacy group called "Liberty Central," and she was until recently on the Tea Party lecture circuit. Mrs. Thomas is just a private citizen, of course, but many have begun to wonder: does the Supreme Court now have a Tea Party agenda as well? A look back at the Supreme Court's record in 2010 reveals a deluge of conservative rulings. We've seen the end of any limit on anonymous corporate contributions to political campaigns, and we may soon see a decision barring consumer lawsuits against the manufacturers of dangerous products. We have seen the Court expanding the right to bear arms, weakening the separation of church and state, and enhancing the powers of the Executive Branch to commit torture and to infringe individuals' privacy rights. The same court has threatened abortion rights, affirmative action, and the rights of suspects in criminal cases. How far will the Court go? Patt sits down with UCI law school Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, whose new book The Conservative Assault on the Constitution, takes a look at the Court's shift to the right and where it has brought us. What might we expect in 2011?

Guest:

Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean, UC Irvine School of Law and author most recently of The Conservative Assault on the Constitution