Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Countdown to Judicial Coup in San Diego

Lt. Smash has a big Monday update over at the Indepundit, including this article on the cross at the Mount Soledad War Memorial.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wants the city to continue its 17-year legal battle to preserve the Mount Soledad cross, despite a federal judge's order to remove the religious symbol or face a $5,000-per-day penalty.

“This is not about a Christian symbol,” Sanders said yesterday at a rally of cross supporters at Soledad Natural Park in La Jolla. “What this boils down to is preserving a nationally registered war memorial that is an integral part of San Diego history.”

It's not even so much about being an integral part of the war memorial for me. This is about judges who use a tortured interpretation of the law as an excuse to dictate their own personal policies upon an electorate whose voice has already been clearly heard on this issue, twice now. It's one thing if the majority of voters choose the other candidate or the other side of an issue, hey that's part of living in a democratic community and a democratic nation. It's another thing if there is some injustice or abuse of power for which the court is correcting in its proper role as a balacing government power. However, it's something entirely different when a judge invents and dictates new limitations and restrictions on the heretofore protected rights of the citizens.

Damn it, this really boils my blood. I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but more than any other, the subject of these rogue jurists frustrates and aggravates me to no end. The fact that our elected representatives seem paralyzed against them is incomprehensible. I mean we do have three branches of government with balance of power and all that, correct? The legislative body and executive body are countering each other all the time. Why is it we never see the Judicial Branch challenged more often? Certainly, a constitutional amendment is not the only defense against this judicial coup?

Anyway, StopTheACLU also has more information and an online petition to sign. Personally, I don't sign online petitions. In fact, I think they are rather childish and completely ineffective. However, I signed this one hoping it would make me feel a little better, but it didn't. Maybe it will work for you.

SEE ALSO: Freedom Through Oppression


Blogger Mr. John Doe Homeless said...

April 18, 2006

Homelessness Not Illegal, Court Rules
April 14
Appeals Court Bars Arrests of Homeless in Los Angeles

A federal appeals court in Pasadena, Calif., has ruled that arresting homeless people for 'sitting, lying or sleeping' on sidewalks is unconstitutional.

In a 2-1 decision Friday, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided in favor of six homeless persons, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.

The appeals court ruled that the manner in which the city has enforced the ordinance by arresting homeless people, has criminalized 'the status of homelessness by making it a crime to be homeless' in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

In her ruling, Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw said Los Angeles` skid row has the highest concentration of homeless individuals in the United States. She said about 11,000 to 12,000 homeless people live in skid row, far exceeding the number of available shelter beds at all time.

It is unusual for a plaintiff to win a case based on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which bars cruel and unusual punishment, the newspaper reported.

Thanx to whomever posted this... It needs to be circulated until the "powers-to-be" get it!!! I'm doing my part.

I am ,John Doe Homeless

8:19 PM  

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