Wednesday, April 06, 2005

On activist judges, comma, the justified murder of

Okay, so hot on the heels of my recent post regarding activist judges, Senator John Cornyn makes the following brilliant statement:
I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. Certainly nothing new, but we seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently that's been on the news and I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in - engage in violence.

The best take I've seen on this is over at Hey, Jenny Slater, but this guy (a Texas Republican, by the way) is basically justifying violence against judges. Rape suspect Brian Nichols kills four people, including a deputy and a judge, and a "delusional litigant" sneaks in and murders the husband and mother of federal judge Joan Lefkow, but we need to be sympathetic - 'cause after all, these were evil activist judges who deserve to suffer.

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