Chief Justice John Roberts: SCOTUS’s Unforeseen Umpire

Chief Justice John Roberts: SCOTUS’s Unforeseen Umpire

| By Alexander Heller | (Published on October 12, 2020)

To say Chief Justice John Roberts holds tremendous influence on American jurisprudence would be a dramatic understatement to those who routinely follow the Supreme Court. His leadership and moderate conservatism have shaped the way the American justice system is today and provide a hopeful future for those — on both sides of the political spectrum — looking to also make a substantial impact on the legal system.

Yet underneath all of this enormous clout lies a man whose judicial philosophy is as mysterious as it is compelling. Chief Justice Roberts may be viewed as a maverick to some, but what exactly is his judicial philosophy? What kind of leader is he? And what do we make of his Court if this era of political polarization continues? 

It may be difficult to pinpoint exactly the type of Chief Justice he is, but throughout all of his experiences, it seems that John Roberts may just be the type of Chief Justice Americans have been looking for.

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How Amy Coney Barrett Will Influence the Supreme Court

How Amy Coney Barrett Will Influence the Supreme Court

| By Alexander Heller | (Published on September 26, 2020)

Pesident Trump announced last week that his nominee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be a woman. According to early reports, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, is seen as the favorite to replace Ginsburg. Recent reports have confirmed her selection.

At just 48 years old, Barrett is likely to be the youngest woman to be nominated to the Court as well as the second-youngest Justice to be nominated overall. Aside from the inevitable Senate battle that’s likely to ensue in the coming weeks, the Louisiana native has been seen as a rising star among many religious conservatives. Barrett’s exact influence on the Court remains to be seen. If confirmed, her presence would give conservatives a major win from a SCOTUS term marred by equally major losses on the high court. It will have an immeasurable influence for decades to come.

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The Supreme Court term that Trump and Conservatives hated

The Supreme Court term that Trump and Conservatives hated

|By Alexander Heller| (Published on July 10, 2020)

Back in October of 2019, conservatives were rightfully optimistic about this year’s Supreme Court term. Justice Neil Gorsuch began to be seen as the most hardline supporter in the conservative block and Justice Brett Kavanaugh would finally begin his first full term on the bench.

Conservatives were fully prepared to reap the benefits of its unprecedented influence on the judiciary, but just as arguments began to be heard cracks started to take shape. Chief Justice Roberts was no longer the solid vote conservatives long since viewed him as, and the true judicial philosophies of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh didn’t sit well with many on the right.

It wouldn’t be until late March when the most conservative Supreme Court in a generation would hand conservatives their biggest losing streak in recent memory. In a sheer stroke of luck, it seems that liberals finally have the momentum they’ve been looking for.

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Trump is on track to confirm more judges than any other president in their first term

Trump is on track to confirm more judges than any other president in their first term

| By Alexander Heller | (Published on June 14, 2020)

After an unprecedented rise to the presidency nearly four years ago, President Trump has presided over an equally unprecedented rate of judicial confirmations from Senate Republicans and himself. 1 in 4 circuit court judges are now Trump appointees, cementing a legacy that’s likely going to see [and ensure] a conservative tilt for decades to come.

Regardless of what the outcome will be in November’s election, Trump’s rate of judicial confirmations will probably never be seen again for at least a generation. As of June 13th, Trump is itching close to confirm the second-most federal judges in a president’s first term, and Senate Republicans are determined to keep up the pace.

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Powerful, peaceful and prayerful protests in New Jersey contrast the rest of the US

Powerful, peaceful and prayerful protests in New Jersey contrast the rest of the US

| By Greg Scharen and Alexander Heller | (Published on June 2, 2020)

Chants, songs and prayers filled the air on Monday, as people flooded the Asbury Park Post Office to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police. Words of prayer and unity were given by speakers that aimed to inspire the crowd to, “go home and do something!”

In a strong display of unity, people began to chant “Let us march!” With the entire crowd of protesters taking to the street, signs in hand, to have their voices heard. While making their way into the streets, Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” was sung from the Post Office steps throughout the crowd.

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Why the Oscars aren’t worth watching anymore

Why the Oscars aren’t worth watching anymore

By Alexander Heller

The Oscars is one of the biggest nights in Hollywood and has been for nearly 90 years. Hollywood makes a big spectacle out of it, but what leaves a bad taste in my mouth throughout that night is the inevitable winners, the constant snubbing of talented filmmakers and the nearly three hour snooze fest that over hypes Hollywood’s impact on the entertainment industry. 

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Heller: Amazon needs to invest in Middle America

Heller: Amazon needs to invest in Middle America

By Alexander Heller

After New York City flat-out rejected Amazon’s second headquarters, joy spread through certain political populations and those with invested interests. Small business owners, union activists and workers’ rights advocates were generally thrilled about the news of Amazon’s decision to retreat. 

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Rowan’s rising student population causes housing crisis for some

Rowan’s rising student population causes housing crisis for some

By Alexander Heller

Over the past decade, Rowan University has been the epicenter of incredible change. The university, and the greater Glassboro area, has seen a large influx of business, wealth, and people, particularly college students. As the university celebrates its steady rise in college rankings and students settling in for the new semester, other students are certainly having a far more difficult time setting up their residency. 

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As overall crime falls, sexual offenses are on the rise, according to Rowan’s annual report

As overall crime falls, sexual offenses are on the rise, according to Rowan’s annual report

By Alexander Heller

On Saturday afternoon, Rowan students received an email detailing an assault at Holly Pointe Commons early Thursday morning. The incident occurred at approximately 4:30 Thursday morning as a female student was fondled by someone she described as an “intoxicated short black male.”

The female student encountered the male sleeping in a restroom, and as he awoke he followed her back to her room uninvited and attempted to enter her room. 

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Governor Murphy highlights New Jersey’s economic growth while Rowan students remain sceptical about its affordability

Governor Murphy highlights New Jersey’s economic growth while Rowan students remain sceptical about its affordability

By Alexander Heller

It was a rainy Tuesday evening as New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy visited Rowan University to not only discuss the state of New Jersey politics, but also address some of the future plans the state has in store in regards to affordability, the economy, and job growth. 

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