Thursday, June 24, 2004

Re: The Cheney Decision

Gee, the Supreme Court used tortured logic to effect an outcome which happened to be in line with their politics. I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you. Seriously, I'm most annoyed at Stevens and Breyer for going along. I've been looking forward to a 5-4 decision in this case and the inevitable ensuing finger-pointing at Antonin "Ducky" Scalia. Oh well. Now, because of stupid compromises apparently parents with joint custody can't protect their children and executive privelege need not actually be raised. I'm beginning to long for the days of Bush v. Gore--at least that opinion openly said "this opinion has no precedential value." Let's see what they come up with to shoot down the prisoner cases. If there is a silver lining here, it's that there's now a chance that this election may become a referendum not only on Bush but on the Supreme Court that put him in the White House.

In other news, the New York Court of Appeals just torpedoed the state's death penalty on the ground that the mandatory instruction delivered in death penalty cases is unconstitutional.

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