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  •  It is illegal if it runs counter to the (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, Vetwife

    various Voting Rights acts forced on certain bastions of racism to curtail these bastions' predilection toward repressing and oppressing minority voters, which is quite likely (almost a certainty) in Florida.

    That a majority of people support something does not imply that something is either: a) legal or b) good for everybody (including themselves).

    •  VRA has limits (1+ / 0-)
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      and the action triggered is that it authorizes the DOJ to directly challenge the laws in federal court.  A judge would still have to rule and the MOST that can happen is the law can be nullified.

      It is not possible to criminally charge ANYONE for executing the duties and authority of their office.  Ever.  At any level.

      You can charge an office-holder for personal crimes (like accepting bribes, obstructing justice, embezzling campaign money, etc) but passing bad laws is not ever considered criminal.

      The laws can and should be struck down.  The office holder can and should be voted out.  ... but calls for "serving time" or "indictments" are woefully unfounded.

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:26:41 AM PST

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      •  How about abuse of power and (1+ / 0-)
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        not upholding the oath of which you took on behalf of ALL the people.

        You can charge an office-holder for personal crimes (like accepting bribes, obstructing justice, embezzling campaign money, etc) but passing bad laws is not ever considered criminal.
        Let's just make everything legal and then we will have no crime.  That is basically what you are saying because the people have been scammed from their voting rights so they are not ligetimately in there ,,,are they?

        We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

        by Vetwife on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:44:11 PM PST

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        •  not upholding an oath is impeachable (1+ / 0-)
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          but not criminal.  And abuse of power is not a statute either... more of a social accusation?  Not sure honestly what to characterize that as.

          Im not advocating legalizing anything.  Im just pointing out Article I Section 6 Clause 1 of the Constitution, specifically upheld in the SCOTUS decision of Kilbourn v. Thompson.

          You can not prosecute officials for their legislative acts.  Period.  

          Sorry.

          Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

          by Wisper on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 04:10:50 PM PST

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