Archive for the 'Supreme Court' Category

19
Mar
09

Kelo v. City of New London – a look back

Still an outrage.

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27
Jun
08

Douchebag(s) of the Week – 5 Supreme Court Justices (again!).

Douchebag of the Week!You might think this is a rerun of  two weeks ago, but it’s not. And while we support the Supreme Court for their decision of yesterday on the Second Amendment, that doesn’t mean they weren’t douchey this week as well, because they were.

In the case Kennedy v. Louisiana, SCOTUS determined that the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment for child rapists

The Kennedy in this case, named Patrick, is not related to the Kennedys of political fame, or else he would never have been convicted, but is a 300 pound evil jackass who raped his 8 year old step daughter and was sentenced to death for it, in accordance with Louisiana law. 

Well, the 4 liberals on the court, along with the wind-sock that is Justice Anthony Kennedy, decided that the death penalty for a crime that doesn’t result in death in a violation of the Eight Amendment (cruel and unusual punishment for those of you keeping score at home).  Yet their majority opinion doesn’t spend a lot of time addressing the Constitutional issues at stake, and never once mentions the fact that treason and espionage are both punishable by death, yet don’t necessarily result in death. 

The Gang of 5 simply decided that the Tenth Amendment, the red-headed step child of the Constitution,  means even less now.  The logic of the decision is so twisted and illogical that Justice Alito wrote in his dissent, “In the end, what matters is the Court’s ‘own judgement’ regarding ‘the acceptability of the death penalty.’…Although the Court has much to say on this issue, most of the Court’s discussion is not pertinent to the Eighth Amendment question at hand.  And once all of the Court’s irrelevant arguments are put aside, it is apparent that the Court has provided no coherent explanation for today’s decision.”

The explaination is, to put it simply, that’s what they wanted.  They thought it seem exessive, so they wanted to stop it.  Read the opinion and see if you can find a Constitutional basis for overturning a state law beyond the wishes of 5 people in black robes. 

They are supposed to be bound by and to the Constitution, that’s their job.  It’s not to feel or allow their personal opinions to sway their judgment.  This decision had nothing to do with law, it had everything to do with their feelings on the death penalty. 

The only justice in this case is the fact that child rapists are singled out in prison for special treatment by fellow prisoners.  How sad is it that an 8 year old girl may only see the justice the courts were supposed to provider her with from people imprisoned by the same system.

For this reason the same 5 Justices who won 2 weeks ago get another plaque as our Douchebags of the Week.  We really, really hope they stop winning next year.

26
Jun
08

The Supreme Court thows liberty a bone, thanks to the Heller case you can own a gun.

The Supreme Court finaly decided a case based upon the Constitution, not a political agenda.  DC residents have the right to own a gun.  The 5-4 decision means residents of Washington, DC, and residents of cities all across the country, will be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights just like non-US citizens who’ve never set foot in this country will be able to exercise their habeas corpus rights. 

Who knew SCOTUS would would finally come down on the side of the Constitution? 

Read the opinion here. Hat tip to SCOTUS blog.

29
Apr
08

Crawford v. Marion County Election Board – The Supreme Court Gets It Right

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On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down a 6-3 decision upholding Indiana’s law which requires voters to produce a photo ID before they are allowed to vote.

Twenty-five states have required at some point voters to produce some form of ID before they are allowed to vote with varying rulings being handed down by lower courts on the constitutionality of these laws.  Monday’s decision could have an immediate impact on a number of states including Indiana, Florida and Georgia.

It should be noted that Indiana made every effort possible to minimize the burden the 2006 photo ID law had on its citizens who are not in possession of a valid photo ID.  First, Indiana provides IDs free of charge to individuals who do not posses a driver’s license.  Additionally, lawmakers included a provision in their law that allows voters without a valid photo ID to cast a provisional ballot and produce a valid form of identification at a later date.  Finally, residents of nursing homes are not required to produce a photo ID if their polling location is located in their nursing home facility.

The majority opinion was written by Justice Stevens who was joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy.  Justice Scalia wrote a concurring opinion and was joined by Justice Thomas and Justice Alito.  Dissenting opinions were written by Justice Souter who was joined by Justice Ginsburg and Justice Breyer. 

There were several questions that had to be answered before the Court could arrive at their decision:

1. Does requiring voters to produce a photo ID before they are allowed to vote impose an excessively burdensome requirement on any class of voters?

Justice Stevens writes – “The record says virtually nothing about the difficulties faced by either indigent voters or voters with religious objections to being photographed.  …In sum, on the basis of the record that has been made in this litigation, we cannot conclude that the statute imposes ‘excessively burdensome requirements’ on any class of voters.”

Justice Scalia concurring with Stevens writes – “The lead opinion assumes petitioners’ premise that the voter-identification law ‘may have imposed a special burden on’ some voters, but holds that petitioners have not assembled evidence to show that the special burden is severe enough to warrant strict scrutiny.  That is true enough, but for the sake of clarity and finality as well as adherence to precedent, I prefer to decide these cases on the grounds that petitioners’ premise is irrelevant and that the burden at issue is minimal and justified.”

2. Is the burden placed on the voter outweighed by the possibility of preventing voter fraud?

Justice Stevens writes – “Indiana’s own experience with fraudulent voting in the 2003 Democratic primary for East Chicago mayor – though perpetrated using absentee ballots and not in-person fraud – demonstrate that not only is the risk of voter fraud real but that it could affect the outcome of a close election.”

3. On a side note Stevens addressed the political implications presented in the photo ID cases:

“In their briefs, petitioners stress the fact that all of the Republicans in the General Assembly voted in favor” of the law “and the Democrats were unanimous in opposing it.  … It is fair to infer that partisan considerations may have played a significant role in the decision to enact” the law and “if such considerations had provided the only justification for a photo identification requirement, we may assume” that the law “would suffer the same fate as the poll tax.  But if a nondiscriminatory law is supported by valid neutral justifications, those justifications should not be disregarded simply because partisan interests may have provided one motivation for the votes of individual legislators.”

It is now time for the states to move forward with photo ID requirements that will stand up to the Courts decision.  There are few rights our Founding Fathers gave us that are more important than the right to vote.  Photo ID requirements at worst place a de minimis burden on the voter while insuring the integrity of the votes being cast.  Requiring eligible voters to display a photo ID is a small price to pay to ensure the minimization of voter fraud.  The Supreme Court could not have been more correct in holding that Indiana’s law requiring a photo ID is a constitutional and justifiable way to protect “the integrity and reliability of the electoral process.”  




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