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Justice Kennedy and Judicial Independence

In one of Washington’s rarest events, Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to discuss many issues involving the judiciary. Indeed, according to Sen. Leahy, it was the “first time in modern history” that a sitting justice had appeared before that committee. The subject was judicial security and independence. And I’m…

Well last night was Demagogues on Display “Justice Sunday II”, at which some of the most prominent religious right leaders – James Dobson, William Donohue, Tony Perkins, etc – threw red meat to their followers by railing at those evil judges out to destroy everything good and decent in America. Along the way they displayed…

Vikram Amar has an excellent essay on Findlaw debunking this notion that you can’t ask judicial nominees about specific cases. He points out that confirmation hearings should dig much deeper than the usual judicial cliches about “legislating from the bench” and “judicial restraint” because those phrases really don’t tell us anything meaningful about how a…

It’s nice to see some of the more decent and consistent conservatives going after Tom DeLay, James Dobson and the rest of the folks going after judges with a meat cleaver. The latest to do so are Ted Olson and Charles Krauthammer. Olson represented President Bush before the Supreme Court in the election case in…

Marci Hamilton’s latest column skewers Tom DeLay and Bill Frist for their cavalier and hypocritical demonization of the courts. She writes in part: DeLay catered to the far right when he led the charge to enact “Terri’s Law,” which enabled her parents to return to a federal court that had lacked jurisdiction to hear their…

Delay Continues to Spout Idiocy

Ah yes, the war on the judiciary continues, led by our old pal Tom DeLay. Here’s his latest bit of stupidity: “Absolutely. We’ve got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States? That’s just outrageous,” DeLay told Fox News Radio on Tuesday. “And not only that, but he…

Yes, Tom Delay apologized today in a press conference, not for what he said but for the way he said it: “I said something in an inartful way, and I shouldn’t have said it that way, and I apologize for saying it that way. But if you want a perfect insight into just how ignorant…

More Extreme Anti-Judicial Rhetoric

I swear there must be some sort of office pool at Religious Right headquarters to see who can come up with the most ridiculous and hyperbolic rhetoric against judges. Here’s the latest from Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council: “The court has become increasingly hostile to Christianity, and it poses a greater threat…

Leave it to the uber-moron Joseph Farah, founder of the Worldnutdaily, to up the ante even higher in the race to see who can be the most ridiculous and extreme in their anti-judicial rhetoric. In this article on the Schiavo situation, he makes numerous false statements about the case and then urges that the Federal…

War on the Judiciary, Take 4

The rhetoric coming from some portions of the right concerning the judiciary continues to grow ever more vitriolic and unbalanced. Ruth Marcus has an interesting piece in the Washington Post today that includes some comments that are constitutionally dubious at best and downright delusional at worst: At the same time, there is reason to fear…