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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:50 AM

I worry about the stability of Justice Scalia. Is there any Fed regulation

to remove a Justice with dementia?

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Reply I worry about the stability of Justice Scalia. Is there any Fed regulation (Original post)
CK_John Dec 2012 OP
CanonRay Dec 2012 #1
truebluegreen Dec 2012 #5
Fawke Em Dec 2012 #7
CanonRay Dec 2012 #8
truebluegreen Dec 2012 #12
truebluegreen Dec 2012 #6
CanonRay Dec 2012 #11
jsr Dec 2012 #2
no_hypocrisy Dec 2012 #3
Smarmie Doofus Dec 2012 #4
dballance Dec 2012 #9
spanone Dec 2012 #10
samsingh Dec 2012 #13

Response to CK_John (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:53 AM

1. There used to be a Federal judge in Utah

who was completely senile. I mean 100% gone. He was about 85-90, and they could not get rid of him. He finally died, and the problem was solved. I can't recall his name, but I don't think Scalia, as much as I think he's nuts, is anywhere near removal from office for instablity.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:18 AM

5. True, his problem is more meanness and bat craziness than senility,

but there's always unethical behavior...

Unfortunately, it is all moot because he would have to be impeached by the House (yeah, that'll happen) and convicted by the 2/3s? of the Senate (ditto).

We're stuck with Fat Tony. Unless Darth Cheney shoots him on their next hunting trip. I live in hope.

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Response to truebluegreen (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:23 AM

7. Actually, "meanness" is a symptom of early dementia.

Symptoms Mild Dementia/Early Stage Alzheimer's disease

1. Diminished short-term memory
2. Misplacing belongings in odd places; losing valuable belongings, like wallet or purse
3. Difficulty finding the right word: "Tip of the tongue" syndrome
4. Person seems "not himself" and shows uncharacteristic behaviors
5. Lapses in judgment
6. Difficulty with mental arithmetic and handling money
7. Disorientation in unfamiliar places or situations
8. May become apathetic or withdrawn, avoiding social situations
9. More difficulty with routine tasks at work or at home, or may take longer to complete tasks
10. Irritation or anger in response to increasing memory lapses

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:55 AM

8. I have about three of these things.

Scary.

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:18 AM

12. Ah! Did not know that...

Thank you. It explains a lot about my dad.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:20 AM

6. The only other thing that could happen

is that Obama appoints several more liberal Justices and he quits in disgust after losing the majority he'd been waiting for.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:01 AM

11. J. Thomas Greene was the Judge in Utah

I just looked it up. He took Senior status in 1997 but continued to hear cases. He died in 2011. He was a Reagan appointee.

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Response to CK_John (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:56 AM

2. Impeachment

Samuel Chase was the only supreme ever impeached (he was later acquitted).

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Response to jsr (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:09 AM

3. In the Fifties and Sixties, there was a movement to impeach Earl Warren.




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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:13 AM

4. And a short-lived one in the 70's to impeach William O. Douglas.

Led by one Gerald R. Ford.

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Response to CK_John (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:59 AM

9. Don't Count on Him Going Away Any Time Soon

Unless he suddenly suffers a heart attack or stroke he seems in pretty decent health. I don't think he or any of the other conservative justices will retire during Obama's second term. I'm willing to bet they'll stick it out for four more years in the hopes a Republican President in 2016.

Ginsberg seems to be the justice most likely to retire. She's been in poor health for some time.

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Response to CK_John (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:00 AM

10. he got the job because of his dementia

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Response to CK_John (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:24 AM

13. me too - he seems unhinged

definitely not a balanced, objective judge

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