"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Judgment Day 

There are some interesting legal stories floating around the 'net today. First up, we see that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (not a hotbed of liberal activism) has apparently discovered the Constitution:
American civil liberties did not die on September eleventh.
That's how a federal appeals court in Georgia explains its unanimous ruling striking down searches of anti-military protesters in Georgia.

At issue is the annual rally outside the former School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia -- a U-S training academy for Latin American soldiers....

Local officials say the searches were needed due to the elevated risk of terrorism. But yesterday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled such searches were unconstitutional -- saying non-specific fears of possible terrorism aren't enough reason for such searches.

Of course, just because some judges aren't fools doesn't mean that people won't try to play them for fools:
Fox News has asked a judge to allow them to fire the woman that sued talk show host Bill O'Reilly for sexual harassment and to declare that the firing not be classified as retribution.

Similarly, FOX has asked the judge to rule that Sean Hannity not be classified as a hateful little worm. Reportedly, the judge has taken both matters under advisement.

But unfortunately, not all the news coming from the Hallowed Halls of Justice is good. Some of it is positively revolting:
Clark County District Court Judge Valerie Adair told the Associated Press she wants people whose voter registration applications might have been torn up [by representatives of Nathan Sproul's "Voters Outreach of America"] to be allowed to vote, but apparently not enough to actually allow them to vote.

“While this court believes that each individual’s vote is important and must be protected … the court finds the requested relief is not warranted,” she told reporters last night.

Adair is an elected Republican judge.

Really? A Republican judge ruled that voters who were disenfranchised by operatives in the employ of the Republican National Committee weren't entitled to relief? What a shock!




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