The Silence of the Lamb

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The Silence of the Lamb

Post by Steinway » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:54 am

Listened last night on C-Span to a session of the Supreme Court on the subject of a Voter Rights appeal for change brought by the State of Alabama. The Solicitor General of the U.S. defended the government's position and during the 90 minute presentation, the comments of all of the Justices on this subject were fascinating.

Guess what was glaringly apparent..Throughout the wonderful and most interesting discussions between the attorneys and the members of the Court, Clarence Thomas was the only member of the Court that had nothing, nada, zilch, zero to say on the matter.

Sadly, he's there for life and that is the clearest example of the flawed policy which enables a seriously incompetent appointee to remain without scrutiny, hindering the Court's ability to render properly rendered decisions on the most critical matters affecting America's citizens.

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Re: The Silence of the Lamb

Post by John F » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:16 am

Clarence Thomas has been heard only once during oral arguments, and that was a kind of a joke about Yale Law School (he meant it to be funny). But the justices' public performances are not the measure of their competence or their value. He has written hundreds of majority and dissenting opinions in his 21 years on the Court, and I haven't read that these have been stupid or incompetent. Also important is what he does in the justices' deliberations in chambers, about which I know nothing. The justice who oversteps the bounds of judicial decorum isn't Thomas but Scalia, as in the oral argument you've been listening to. But as long as the Republicans maintain their majority in the House, and probably even if they don't, both justices are safe from impeachment and removal from office.
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