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  •  Uh... what? (7+ / 0-)

    Have you actually read Dred Scott?  The court found that all African Americans - not just slaves, but even an emancipated man of color in a non-slave state who was otherwise granted all the rights of citizenship* in that state - were somehow not considered citizens by the Constitution.  There is nothing in "the petty letter" of the constitution that suggests that ruling, so Taney had to reach deeply into British slave law to make claims about the legal status of otherwise free people of color that were not at all justified.  

    There's a reason it's considered the worst of all Supreme Court decisions, and it's not just because of changing social mores.

    * Not voting rights, but neither did women, and they could still sue in federal court as citizens of this country.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 06:38:34 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, you're right. I confused it with other (0+ / 0-)

      rulings prior to Dredd Scott.  Then it's actually a pretty good analogy for the VRA ruling, although the VRA ruling is a radical departure from the status quo whereas Dredd Scott was just a ludicrous defense of the status quo.

      Sign the petition to demand a law-abiding Supreme Court.

      by Troubadour on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 07:01:18 PM PDT

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