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  •  FWIW (10+ / 0-)

    I find much of the attack on Justices Scalia and Thomas to be misguided, but I absolutely support Aron's common-sense proposal.

    Last Friday, I attended the Philadelphia Bar Association quarterly luncheon at which Justice Sotomayor was honored. During the Q&A, she was asked whether she believed it was possible whether the Court would adopt a stronger code of conduct during her tenure.

    Her response?  “I don’t know,” followed by a long, deliberate silence, then laughter/applause once we realized that's all she was saying.  She continued, “I used to teach potential witnesses to only answer the questions asked.”  More laughter.

    •  The line between law and politics was breached (2+ / 0-)

      on 12/9/00 when 5 Supremes stayed our FL count.  It has yet to be restored.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 05:12:41 PM PDT

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      •  Really? (3+ / 0-)
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        It wasn't breached when Chief Justice John Marshall ruled in Marbury v Madison on the actions of former Secretary of State John Marshall?

        •  5 "justices" decided a presidential election by (3+ / 0-)

          judicial fiat in a case where no federal question was presented.  Their definition of "irrepairable harm,"  as Stevens noted, stood logic on its head.  People whose espoused creed was state's rights, strict construction, and judicial restraint outdid the Warren Court at its apogee.  I'm still trying to figure out how W had standing.

          Other than that, the decision has a great deal to comment it.

          Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

          by RFK Lives on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 07:57:46 PM PDT

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          •  Oh, I disagree with little of that (0+ / 0-)

            Esp. on GWB's standing to advance equal protection claims.  

            I'm just saying that the Court being political isn't new.

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