judicial tyranny

Justin Schwartz jkschw at hotmail.com
Mon May 14 22:13:05 PDT 2001

I can't speak for Nathan, but I was just plain shocked. We are indoctrinated as lawyers to think law _isn't_ just politics, that its legitimacy derives from adherence to internally consistent principles--the meaning of statutes and the constitutional language, respect for precedent. Sure, we know that the politics of a judge will affect his or her interpretation, but it's bad judging if politics totally determines it in the face of precedent and plain meaning. It was a slam dunk that on existing case law, the SCt should never have taken Bush v. Gore, and if it did t9ake it, that it whould not have pulled equal protection out of a hat in a way that, if taken seriously, would strike down the electotal college and the Senate, and then announced that this was a one-time only special offer. For a lawyer, that's shocking. --jks

>Nathan, I assume you mean shocked, as in shocked, shocked. The court has
>been pretty consistent in coming down on the side that is convenient for
>the most powerful corporate interests.
> On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 04:28:30PM
>-0400, Nathan Newman wrote: >
> > What shocked most legal scholars about Bush v. Gore was the recognition
> > the complete opportunism of the Rehnquist Court. Up to that point, some
> > (including myself to a minor degree) were willing to grant some
> > of principle, however rightwing and bad, to the Court. Bush v. Gore
> > crystalized the inconsistencies in the previous record into being the
> > pattern of opportunism, which these other decisions have merely
> >
>Michael Perelman
>Economics Department
>California State University
>Chico, CA 95929
>Tel. 530-898-5321
>E-Mail michael at ecst.csuchico.edu

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