July 2006

Daily News
July 14, 2006
Bud Faces Tough Case on Ban

Lecturer ROBERT KHEEL was quoted in a story about Major League Baseball's ability to suspend Barry Bonds if he is indicted for perjury and tax evasion. In an earlier case, an arbitrator overturned the suspension of a player arrested for drug possession. "He says you can't suspend a baseball player just on an allegation, and (the commissioner) can't make them cooperate because it violates their Fifth Amendment rights. He implies that if it's a severe crime like a murder you might," said Prof. Kheel of the arbitrator's decision. "As a matter of historical precedent, it makes it very difficult to suspend in baseball."

The New York Times

July 8, 2006
Meaning of 'Normal' Is at Heart of Gay Marriage Ruling

SUZANNE GOLDBERG, director of the Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, commented on this week's ruling against same-sex marriage by the New York Court of Appeals, which was justified in part by the rationale that heterosexual marriage is better for child-rearing. ''The real point here is that the child welfare rationale is a stand-in for the majority's discomfort with gay parents,'' Prof. Goldberg said. ''But the majority couldn't have gotten away with saying that.''

On July 12, Prof. Goldberg penned an editorial for Newsday about the faulty reasoning of the court, calling the decision "as absurd as it is disappointing" and concluding it will be seen as "a failure of will in the face of an opportunity to do justice."

Christian Science Monitor

July 3, 2006
Supreme Court's New Man in the Middle

MICHAEL DORF provided comment for an article about the most significant development of the Supreme Court's 2005-2006 term, the emergence of Justice Kennedy as the sole swing vote at the moderate center of the court. "He who casts the decisive vote is going to be the person with all the power," says Prof. Dorf, who clerked for Justice Kennedy in the 1991-92 term.