Conservative Appointees Destroying the Supreme Court
Here’s a short post you’ve got to read: 5 Signs of a Radical Change in U.S. Politics. This is the conclusion:
Underscoring the point, a Bloomberg poll of 21 constitutional scholars found that 19 of them believe the individual mandate is constitutional, but only eight said they expected the Supreme Court to rule that way. The headline nicely conveys the reality of the current Court: “Obama Health Law Seen Valid, Scholars Expect Rejection.”
How would you characterize a legal system that knowledgeable observers assume will not follow the law and instead will advance a particular party-faction agenda? That’s how we used to talk about the Chinese courts when I was living there. Now it’s how law professors are describing the Supreme Court of the John Roberts era.
When the Supreme Court of the United States doesn’t rule according to legal precedent but according to the political positions of the individual justices, we’re in a world of trouble.
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