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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:06 PM
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Can We Get Rid of A Supreme Court Judge?
Impeachment? I don't know the system obviously, but John Roberts and whomever Bush appoints, need to be removed. Bush is not qualified to appoint anybody.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:07 PM
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1. Yes a judge can be impeached
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:09 PM
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3. Well, the far right kept calling for the impeachment of Earl Warren
So it must be possible, but quite difficult.

Anybody know the procedure?

(If it involves 2/3rds votes in Congress, we can assume it ain't happening...)
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:15 PM
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6. Gerald Ford (as a congressman) spearheaded calls for the
removal of Justice Douglas. One of the grounds suggested for impeachment was his having MARRIED a young woman.

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Zynx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:30 PM
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13. That movement didn't get very far.
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 10:34 PM
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18. No, but we might make it further with charges of corruption and
high treason.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:17 PM
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9. Read the Consithtion, the aswer is in there
just like the exceutive you can impeach a judge for high crimes and misdemeanors....

Now proving those is extremely hard, and iirc no judge has ever been impeached... presdidetns, we have two... (and one of them was BS and he was not convincted by the Senate either)
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Geoff R. Casavant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 10:15 PM
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17. There was one impeachment
Edited on Sun Oct-02-05 10:18 PM by Geoff R. Casavant
of a SC justice named Samuel Chase circa 1804. He was impeached by the house but acquitted by the Senate.

(Edited to replace fuzzy recollections with actual facts)
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Indy Lurker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:07 PM
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2. Just Wait 30 years, we'll get someone new. N/T
Edited on Sun Oct-02-05 08:09 PM by Indy Lurker
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:09 PM
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4. I'm guessing the standard is a high one for impeachment
And Roberts is probably smart enough to not meet that standard
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:13 PM
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5. Impeachment. GOOD! (nt)
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:18 PM
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10. Yes, the standard is a high one if the Justice is a Republican.
Not very high if he is a democrat such as Justice William O. Douglas. See my post #6 above.
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Kenroy Donating Member (768 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:16 PM
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7. A judge can be impeached
only if he or she fails to exhibit "good behavior".

There's no mechanism for removing him short of that - saying Bush isn't qualified to appoint anyone won't fly. Roberts' nomination and confirmation were perfectly legal and constitutional.
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Island Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:17 PM
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8. Ask Pat Robertson to say a prayer.
Edited on Sun Oct-02-05 08:17 PM by Island Blue
Better add this. :sarcasm:
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joemurphy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:19 PM
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11. Sure...Remember all those billboards:
"Impeach Earl Warren" They were all over rural America at one time.
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AlphaCat Donating Member (132 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 08:22 PM
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12. THAT'S a good question!
Who is supposed to be watchdogging THEM?
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shenmue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 09:20 PM
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14. I dearly hope so
It is clear this judge was put in by Bush just to scuttle Roe v. Wade. I mean, the guy hasn't been a federal judge but two stinkin' years, and was never even on the Supreme Court until he was made *Chief* Justice just now! That's like moving a kid from a tricycle to driving a city bus.

I wonder if Scalia and Thomas are going to be pissed off now that they were leapfrogged for this position. They've been on the court far longer than Laughing Boy has even been a federal judge. Bush jilted them and I wonder if that's going to make them less eager to side with him.

Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?

:shrug:
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 09:26 PM
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15. Yes, we can dream.
But if good dreams rely upon Scalia and Thomas, it will be a nightmare. Even my most conservative law profesors thought Scalia was an idiot. Thomas? Good God, the guy is insane.

I'm afraid we can kiss the Bill of Rights goodbye as the corporate / police state seks to reduce individual liberties while empowering the central government.
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 09:32 PM
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16. Another reason to make damn sure we get a Dem
back in the WH in 2008- its very hard to impeach a justice.
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 11:44 PM
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19. Sure but it'll cost ya.
Maybe if you talk to DeLay's boys in Fl., they can hook you up.

Agent Mike: It's a JOKE, ok?

-Hoot
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hughee99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-05 12:02 AM
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20. Impeachment is an option...
but you'll have to have a lot more on him than just the fact that * appointed him.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-05 01:05 AM
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21. Unless some facts surface about his "bought" childrten, I don't
see it happening..

The OLD justices are liberal-leaning, so it could get worse :(
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