January 5, 2008
A Great Quote from Chief Justice John Marshall
Chief Justice John Marshall dealt with the issue in 1819 of whether or not the states could pass insolvency laws given the language in the Constitution that Congress shall have the power to "establish uniform laws upon the subject of bankruptcies,"
In Sturgis v. Crowninshield, 17 U.S. 122 (1819), he said the states do have that power (at least when there is no national bankruptcy law in effect at the time).
This is a great quote:
"[I]f, in any case, the plain meaning of a provision, not contradicted by any other provision in the same instrument, is to be disregarded, because we believe the framers of that instrument could not intend what they say, it must be one in which the absurdity and injustice of applying the provision to the case, would be so monstrous, that all mankind would, without hesitation, unite in rejecting the application."
January 4, 2008
2007 Supreme Court Annual Report
Here is the 2007 Supreme Court Annual Report from Justice Roberts. It gives a lot of statistics at the end. For example, "The total number of cases filed in the Supreme Court increased from 8,521 filings in the 2005 Term to 8,857 filings in the 2006 Term—an increase of 4%." From that they handed down 67 opinions.