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  •  Can think of a few other bills (3+ / 0-)
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    jpmassar, Tennessee Dave, jayden

    he signed that I wish he'd have a similar change of heart -- but this is a good start. Whether it has any impact on SCOTUS remains to be seen -- it's going to be close in any rate, most likely 5-4 one way or another (with outside shot at 6-3 as unconstitutional).

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:46:33 PM PST

    •  I don't believe it for a minute but (3+ / 0-)
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      Scottie Thomaston, blueoasis, jayden
      4. Some legal scholars are pushing Clarence Thomas to go rogue

      Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, "the most conservative justice since the 1930s," historically votes in favor of state authority, and is something of a "legal outlier" with "radical" views, according to The New York Times. So radical, in fact, that he's not afraid to dissent from his fellow conservatives — like in Gonzales vs. Raich, in which he argued that Congress wasn't allowed to criminalize owners of home-grown weed (including in states where it was legal to grow for medicinal purposes) because it would give the federal government too much power. According to Damon W. Root at Reason, legal scholars are already trying to talk Thomas into using this same logic — and it could work: "Thomas has a tendency to break with the Supreme Court's conservative bloc when federalism principles are at stake in a case that is otherwise seen to advance a liberal political agenda," Root writes, "which is basically the Defense of Marriage Act controversy in a nutshell."

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