Elizabeth Warren blasts Supreme Court as a ‘wholly-owned subsidiary of Big Business’

By David Edwards
Monday, September 9, 2013 10:19 EDT
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Elizabeth Warren speaks to the AFL-CIO (YouTube)
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) warned over the weekend that the United States Supreme Court had moved too far to the right and was on its way of becoming a “wholly-owned subsidiary of Big Business.”

Speaking to the AFL-CIO’s 2013 Convention in Los Angeles on Sunday, Warren said that unions faced an uphill battle because “powerful interests fight us on every battlefield they can.”

“Look at the increasing corporate capture of the federal courts,” she explained. “According to a recent study, the five conservative justices on the United States Supreme Court are in the top ten most pro-corporate justices in half a century. And Justices [Samuel] Alito and [John] Roberts — are you ready? — are number one and number two. The most anti-consumer justices in this entire time.”

The Massachusetts Democrat pointed out that the Chamber of Commerce was now winning 70 percent of the Supreme Court cases it supported.

“Think about this: you follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later, you’ll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Big Business,” Warren concluded.

Forward to 1:22:00 to see Warren’s remarks about the Supreme Court in the following AFL-CIO video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 9, 2013.

(h/t: Talking Points Memo)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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