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Response to MicaelS (Reply #82)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 08:32 PM

84. The "procedural irregularities"

that prevent Miller's counsel from showing up was that the Attorney General, Homer Cummings not only fast tracked the case to the Supreme Court, Miller's lawyer was not notified until too late.

Gun control was a part of the New Deal program and legislation that would compel all sportsmen to register their firearms and store them in armories when they are not being used for hunting or target purposes had been proposed and was being debated in Congress.

So it was no surprise when Attorney General Homer Cummings, acted immediately to overturn the lower court judge, bypassing the Federal Appeals Courts and going directly to the USSC. The unprecedented speed with which the Federal government reacted was telling. From arrest to Supreme Court decision in under 11 months. Also curious, only the Solicitor General made arguments or briefed the appeal. The counsel for defense wasn't invited.

Makes one wonder, until you remember the Attorney General also said, “We certainly don’t expect gangsters to come forward to register their weapons and be fingerprinted, and a $200 tax is frankly prohibitive to private citizens.”

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