The Rule of Law

Mike the Mad Biologist

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So it turns out that Obama isn’t completely tone deaf. To his credit, he has essentially* vetoed a bill that would have forced courts to recognize out of state foreclosure-related documents. Given the wide-scale fraud in forclosure-related documentation–to the point where it’s not clear who actually holds the title or liens for millions of homes–this…

When I’m writing about politics, I’ve been regularly discussing the legal problems related to the collapse of Big Shitpile (the foreclosure crisis). At Naked Capitalism, Yves Smith lays out why this matters (so I don’t have to stumble my way through this): Make no mistake about it: the nature and scale of these frauds cut…

I remember, back in the 1980s, there was a conservative school of thought that believed many of our problems could be blamed on poor, single, often non-white mothers who refused to ‘take personal responsibility’ (e.g., welfare queens, Murphy Brown! ZOMG!). I never quite understand how anyone could believe that the most powerless Americans would be…

The Case for Judicial Age Limits

I’ve been meaning to get to this proposal by Matthew Yglesias about judicial term limits for Supreme Court justices. He argues: The strongest argument I can make in favor is that it would create a less-random relationship between election outcomes and the composition of the judiciary…. …the current system creates too many incentives for a…

Or at least until the next bestest legal opinion comes along. In the NY Times, there’s a story about Judge Arthur M. Schack of New York State Supreme Court who has the crazy notion a bank shouldn’t be allowed to foreclose on someone’s home unless it can prove that it actually holds the mortgage. Nuts,…

It’s Not Fascism When They Do It

Yesterday, I raised the possible specter of violent intimidation breaking out at a health care townhall meeting. Turns out I was off by about twelve hours:

Last week, Glenn Greenwald annotated a campaign speech by Obama about civil liberties and the rule of law (boldface mine):

Monday’s NY Times, in a story about the remote possibility of torture investigations by the Justice Department, describes the Obama administration’s concerns: A series of investigations could exacerbate partisan divisions in Congress, just as the Obama administration is trying to push through the president’s ambitious domestic plans and needs all the support it can muster.…

So asks Dave Neiwert (italics mine):

Since I don’t own a television that actually gets reception, and I refuse to pay for cable*, when I’m on the road, I occasionally turn on the TV. What do I see, but CNN criminal shock jock Nancy Grace.