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Wed Feb 14, 2018, 10:36 AM

Judges Say Throw Out the Map. Lawmakers Say Throw Out the Judges.

Source: New York Times

Judges Say Throw Out the Map. Lawmakers Say Throw Out the Judges.

By MICHAEL WINES FEB. 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — In Pennsylvania, a Republican lawmaker unhappy with a State Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering wants to impeach the Democratic justices who authored it.

In Iowa, a running dispute over allowing firearms in courthouses has prompted bills by Republican sponsors to slash judges’ pay and require them to personally pay rent for courtrooms that are gun-free.

In North Carolina, the Republican Party is working on sweeping changes to rein in state courts that have repeatedly undercut or blocked laws passed by the legislature.

Rather than simply fighting judicial rulings, elected officials in some states across the country — largely Republicans, but Democrats as well — are increasingly seeking to punish or restrain judges who hand down unfavorable decisions, accusing them of making law instead of interpreting it.

Civil liberties advocates and other critics have a different take: The real law-flouting, they say, is by politicians who want to punish justices whose decisions offend their own ideological leanings.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/us/pennsylvania-gerrymandering-courts.html

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Eugene Feb 2018 OP
raging moderate Feb 2018 #1
malthaussen Feb 2018 #2
Gothmog Feb 2018 #3
Captain_New_York Feb 2018 #4
Skittles Feb 2018 #5
machoneman Feb 2018 #6

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 10:41 AM

1. DU Rec.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 11:41 AM

2. Well, yeah, that's the next step.

Right now, the only thing protecting civil liberties in the US are the courts, so naturally they must be reeled in.

-- Mal

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 01:56 PM

3. The trumpies are tired of getting their butts kicked in court

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 06:06 PM

4. What is your Democratic example

As usual. False equivalence. “elected officials in some states across the country — largely Republicans, but Democrats as well ”

Who what where when & how did Dem do this Mike Wine. Reporting 101

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Response to Captain_New_York (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 15, 2018, 05:27 AM

5. agreed

 

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Feb 16, 2018, 10:57 AM

6. The high bar most states have in place to prevent such....

shenanigans should get these charges dismissed and/or not have the legislative votes to make these changes.

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