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moonlightesq
07:30 PM on 06/18/2012
"I suspect that most likely what has been said about judges rather than what the judges have actually said has caused this loss of faith."

I totally agree, especially on HuffPo. Most people chose to read a reporter's spin on what the the judges said, which is often taken out of context, rather than reading the actual transcript themselves.
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The Mask
Greatness lays behind the Mask
07:23 PM on 06/18/2012
It shouldn't be.

For a good understanding of where the autonomy of the court came from, people should read about Samuel Chase. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Chase

I only ask that the court wisely looks at the issues, examines precedence, and makes decisions based upon the law and justice. People should always remember that law without justice is cold. King Solomon understood this.
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Judge H. Lee Sarokin
Retired after serving 17 years on the federal cour
12:25 PM on 06/19/2012
The MAsk - Thanks for the reference---very interesting
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cave mann35
Like Obama NOW?
07:20 PM on 06/18/2012
Judge, I whole-heartedly agree that depending on your bent (liberal/conservative/independent), you can find judicial activism in nearly every case. And realizing the court is neo-conservative is what any good lawyer would know before crafting his or her oral arguments before them. But popularity aside, it's clear that this Court favors the corporation over the individual (how is it that all female employees denied promotion are not a class again), the state over the individual, even if the state acts intentionally (no $14Million for hiding exculpatory evidence in connick-v-thompson/) and even the corporation over the state (http://www.progressivestates.org/pubs/stateside-dispatch/2011-05-05). What appears to have happened to this court is that it has turned into a Conservative Super-Congress, eager to rubber stamp all that the Conservative House wants, and ready to dismantle all that the Liberal Senate and Executive are trying to accomplish. I'm not sure we'll ever forget Florida when the justices said "stop the counting", then claimed had the counting not stopped, they could have had better evidence of exactly how many hanging chads. I only hope that the justices can sleep easy with knowing how their rulings affect everyday people, and I can't help but believe the Court was being naive when it ruled that unlimited corporate money would not have a corrupting influence on our elections, all while hiding the fact that they were hanging with the Koch Brothers!
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Judge H. Lee Sarokin
Retired after serving 17 years on the federal cour
08:09 PM on 06/18/2012
cave - I cannot disagree with any of your criticisms of the Court and the specific rulings you refer to. I certainly did not intend to defend those decisions as you will see from a number of my earlier posts. Rather it is respect for the judiciary in general that I seek to preserve even in the face of decisions with which we do not agree.
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06:39 AM on 06/19/2012
Sir, I grew up with a great deal of respect for the courts. I am 50 years old, and the court transformed the nation when I was a child. But sometime in the early 90's that started to change.
I would so much like to agree with you. I would like to believe in the courts in this land. But any respect that I give is earned. I want to respect them, but it gets harder and harder to respect them, harder and harder to see them as independent and fair. It seems that the rich and the white always win these days. I have a really hard time believing that this is just because of the nature of our system and our laws.
The rule of law is most respected when it is perceived to be fair and just. Whether it is perception, or reality, I think that the court has indeed lost the respect of a great deal of people in this country, because they perceive it as a political tool of the rich, rather than the bastion of the just and fair. I don't know how the court changes this. Maybe it is the laws that need to change.
Continued......
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missprissanna
the weight of the news nearly broke my back
09:55 AM on 06/19/2012
When respect is earned, it's deserved and honorable. Some on this court deserve nothing but the loss of their jobs.
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MyHO
Speaking Truth to Power
07:06 PM on 06/18/2012
Whenever the judicial system is going to be subjugated by political ideology then I think the American people should hold the courts in contempt.