Adam Liptak

Supreme Court Correspondent for the NY Times

Adam Liptak appears in the following:

First Day of Hearings in Snyder v. Phelps

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, describes the first day of hearings in the controversial Supreme Court case between the Westboro Baptist Church and a man who is suing them for protesting outside his son's military funeral in 2006.

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Discrimination and Language: The Word 'Boy'

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Sometimes a word is just a word. But other times, it’s an indicator of something more troubling on the part of the speaker. Take, for example, the word “boy.” When being used to refer to a small child, most of us don’t think twice. But when the word “boy” refers to an adult black man, and the speaker is his white supervisor who’s just passed him up for a promotion, it takes on a much different meaning.

It’s for this reason that John Hithon, an employee of the Tyson chicken processing plant in Gadsden, Alabama, sued his employers for workplace discrimination.

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Takeouts: Will Elena Kagan Take Her Own Advice? Sports Update

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

  • SUPREME COURT TAKEOUT: If Elena Kagan needs help preparing for a potentially long and messy confirmation hearing, The New York Times' Adam Liptak says she should read a 1995 article on the topic that she wrote.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: We're in the midst of NHL and NBA playoffs. And in the boxing world, Manny Pacquiao won his Congressional election in the Philippines. Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin updates us on these stories.



Adam Liptak on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

Monday, May 10, 2010

The biggest issue facing Elena Kagan may be the fact that she's never been a judge. New York Times reporter, Adam Liptak explains.


Looking for the Next Justice

Monday, April 12, 2010

Justice John Paul Stevens announced on Friday that he will retire this June, after spending 35 years on the bench. Democrats say they want to move quickly into the nomination process in order to have the next justice confirmed by the end of the summer.

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Takeouts: California's Earthquake, Justice Stevens Prepares to Retire

Monday, April 05, 2010

  • EARTHQUAKE TAKEOUT: A 7.2 earthquake shook Baja, California yesterday afternoon and was felt across Southern California. Susan Hough, seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey gives us the latest from Pasadena.
  • COURT TAKEOUT: Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he may soon announce his retirement after more than 34 years on the bench. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for our partner The New York Times helps predict when the announcement may come and its political implications.

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Supreme Court This Week: Enron, Gun Control, Torture

Monday, March 01, 2010

This week, the Supreme Court will hear three very different cases; from corporate trials, to gun control laws, to international torture laws. New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak previews each case.


Takeouts: Lawmakers vs. Toyota, Olympics Preview, Supreme Court Rules That Ad Libbing Miranda Rights is Legal

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT:   Some lawmakers may be facing a conflict of interest as they go toe to toe with Toyota executives.  Communications director for the Center for Responsive Politics, Dave Levinthal, says many of these lawmakers are stockholders in Toyota.
  • OLYMPICS PREVIEW: Jason Stallman, reporting on the Winter Olympics for The New York Times, has the latest from Vancouver and looks ahead to Lindsey Vonn's upcoming race.
  • SUPREME COURT: Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, Adam Liptak, explains the Court's latest decision that police may now ad lib the Miranda Rights.


Should Kids Face Life Without Parole?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Should kids go to jail for life with no chance of parole, even if they are not murderers? That is the question facing the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, who heard arguments yesterday from two offenders currently serving life sentences for crimes they committed as teens. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins us to discuss the case, which advocates are calling "the Brown v. Board of Education of juvenile law."

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Supreme Court to Consider 'Hillary, the Movie'

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A relatively innocuous (albeit negative) documentary on Hillary Clinton released during the 2008 election season may lead to something bigger than itself.  Today, the United States Supreme Court will return from its summer vacation to hear a case instigated by the film. It is, in fact, the second time the case has been brought before the nation's highest court, but this time it comes with greater weight: the potential to overturn campaign finance laws that have existed for the last 100 years. To take us from the film to the court case we are joined by Nate Persily, law professor at Columbia University; and Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for our partner the New York Times. 

For more, read Adam Liptak's article, Supreme Court to Revisit ‘Hillary’ Documentary, in the New York Times.

Check out some of the documentary, Hillary: The Movie or watch part one below:


The Supreme Court Steps In

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

For many inmates in American prisons, the U.S. Supreme Court is their favorite pen pal. Prisoners have been known to write weekly (or daily) letters begging the justices to intercede in their cases. These direct pleas (writs of habeas corpus in legalese) have been consistently ignored by the U.S. Supreme Court for fifty years. Yesterday, however, the court surprised many legal observers by breaking its long habit and intervening in the case of death row inmate Troy Davis. He has been on death row in Georgia since being convicted of the 1988 murder of an off-duty police officer. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins us with more of the story.

For more, read With 2 Hours to Spare, Justices Stay Execution, in the New York Times.


Paying for Justice? How We Elect Judges

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that judges must recuse themselves from ruling on cases that involve individuals who have spent money to help put the judge on the bench. It sounds like a fairly straightforward ruling. But the decision raises larger questions of just how we elect and appoint judges in this country. For a look at the tricky process of electing judges, The Takeaway talks to Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent for our partners The New York Times, and to Tom Phillips, a lawyer with Baker Botts in Austin, Texas, who served as the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1988 to 2004.

"Whenever you treat a judge the same way you treat other officials that have a different position in office, you tend to confuse within the public's mind, and perhaps even in the judge's mind, the very different roles that different officers in the government perform."
— Attorney Tom Phillips on reforms in appointing judges


Introducing Judge Sotomayor: Her Life and Her Record

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Several administration officials say President Obama has settled on his pick for the Supreme Court. The name that's being floated is Sonia Sotomayor, who's been a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit since 1998. Joining us to discuss her background and her record as a judge is Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent for the New York Times.
"There's something wrong with a society that's 50/50 men and women and there's only one woman on the court."
—New York Times correspondent Adam Liptak on the Supreme Court nomination


Who Will Reign Supreme?

Friday, May 08, 2009

Justice David Souter's retirement gives President Obama the chance to start reshaping the Supreme Court. Who's on Obama's short list? And what are the quialities that make someone a high-impact justice? Joining the Takeaway are Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times and Dahlia Lithwick, senior legal correspondent for Slate . They discuss what role the new justice could play.
"The ability to persuade, to slightly modify your view in order to get a fifth vote, that's a critical quality, almost more important than your own jurisprudential view."
—Dahlia Lithwick of Slate Magazine on nominees for the Supreme Court

For more, read Dahlia Lithwick's and Hanna Rosin's article, An Unnatural Woman: The secret life of a Supreme Court short-lister and Adam Liptak's article, Souter’s Exit Opens Door for a More Influential Justice in the New York Times.


Supreme Court Justice Souter to retire, leaving open seat for Obama to fill

Friday, May 01, 2009

Justice David Souter has reportedly told the White House that he will retire from the Supreme Court at the end of the court's term in June. Justice Souter's retirement would give President Obama his first pick for the high court. Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss what role Souter played in the high court and who are likely replacements for him.

For more on the Justice Souter story, watch this clip from The Rachel Maddow Show.

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When election contributions taint justice

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

When judges have received campaign contributions from interested parties in a case, should they recuse themselves? Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co. goes before the U.S. Supreme Court today to answer that question. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, joins Farai and John with a look at the case and how the system of electing judges influences the justice system.

For more on the implications of this case, read Adam Liptak's article, Case May Alter Judge Elections Across Country, in the New York Times.


Supreme Court hears argument in Ashcroft v. Iqbal

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Can you sue the Attorney General?


30 Issues: The Post-Bush Constitution

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times, looks at how the Constitution and executive power have changed over the past eight years. Then, Laurence Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School and adviser to the Obama campaign.

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Oregon Takes a Stand

Friday, April 25, 2008

In its fight against illegal file-sharing, the recording industry has turned to colleges and universities to ferret out students swapping songs over campus networks. But the University of Oregon is having none of it. We talk with New York Times reporter Adam Liptak.


Oregon Takes a Stand

Thursday, January 03, 2008

In its fight against illegal file-sharing, the recording industry has turned to colleges and universities to ferret out students swapping songs over campus networks. But the University of Oregon is having none of it. We talk with New York Times reporter Adam Liptak.

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