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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:21 AM
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GOP Loses again; Americans don't want politicians constraining judges
This is great news - the GOP screed "activist judges" has not penetrated so far into the American subconscious that they are now programmed to hate them, and feel they work against the general good.

I am happy.



(CNN) -- Despite politicians' complaints about judges having too much power, two-thirds of Americans do not believe elected officials should have more control over federal judges, according to a new CNN poll released Saturday.

Sixty-seven percent of 1,013 people surveyed by Opinion Research Corp. on behalf of CNN said federal judges -- and the decisions they make -- should not be subject to more control.

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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:23 AM
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1. Repukes didn't get where they are by giving a rat's ass what the public think
Why start now? :shrug:
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:30 AM
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2. they do care - but they think they can shape public opinion
to their view - in this REALLY IMPORTANT case, they haven't.
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:34 AM
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3. I understand their logic ... Repukes back (and fund) conservative judges
in the hopes that, when they're caught breaking the law, they can't appear before a "conservative" judge because they funded them ... that becomes a "conflict of interest" ... and then the only judges left are "liberal" (read: lenient) so they can get a light sentence ...

They don't want to appear before the "hanging judges" they want everybody else to appear before ...
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:09 AM
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4. that is interesting, but I am not sure I agree
my opinion is that they want to be able to "retire" members of SCOTUS they don't agree with.
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:41 AM
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5. State and local levels
toss cash at "conservative" judges ... and then, when they're caught stuffing "their" money into the trunks of their Mercedeses, the judge has to back out due to "conflict of interest" ... meaning that the conservative, "throw the book at 'em" judge has to recuse himself from the case ... leaving the "liberal"/"soft on crime" judges to pass lenient sentences ...
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:42 AM
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6. okay, I see.
but do you really think that judges are "soft on crime" based on political affiliation?
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:07 AM
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7. No, but I think that the Repukes
are hoping that they get one ...
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