Friday, June 13, 2008

Is an Impeachment of a Sitting Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in Our Near Future?

If Sen. Obama wins, maybe.

I say that because it seems to my mind that Justice Scalia is getting increasingly looney.

And I am hinging the chance of his getting impeached (or to say it generally, for that sort of thing to become a publicly discussed matter, and see serious attention paid toward making it so) on the matter of Sen. Obama getting elected, as Scalia is getting increasingly partisan, and reckless, and I think that that is gonna send the old fart over the deep end, maybe.

Let us do a quick recap:

There was his refusal to recuse himself in the Cheney case, despite being a play-date buddy of Dick Cheney (making a very lame defense that was all the more professionally embarrassing to him and The Court.)

Then he goes off and says in public that Gitmo detainees do not have a right to more process than the Bush Tribunals (hey, at least I avoided calling them rigged hearings), and refused to recuse himself when a case with that very issue came before the High Court. (Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 .)

It was as clear a case of being biased, in advance. Here is a quote from his pre Hamdan remarks:

"I had a son (Matthew Scalia) on that battlefield and they were shooting at my son and I'm not about to give this man who was captured in a war a full jury trial. I mean it's crazy."

That is clear evidence of being as prejudiced on an issue one can be, before hearing the case.

And here is the latest; his dissent in the latest Gitmo related case where the majority decided that ya, people under the custody of the US deserve access to US Courts (not merely Bush Hearings but the real US Courts.)

Here is Justice Scalia's (prejudiced and yet still on the case) outrageous remark from his dissent of this ruling:

Justice Scalia added that the U.S. is "at war with radical Islamists," and that the Boumediene ruling "will almost certainly cause more Americans to get killed." Scalia warned, "The nation will live to regret what the court has done today.",8599,1814253,00.html

Now I understand that some people will agree with Justice Scalia's opinion. Agreeing or not is definitely not the point. It is the rhetorical demagogic excess that tells me Justice Scalia is on the verge of being a total loon, if not over the edge already.

I mean really. What does he sound like there? The 'Most respected conservative legal voice of the age,'
some Rush Limbaugh dittohead (moron)?

I swear. It is time to pull his ass off the bench, now.

We do not want Supreme Court Justices who seem as crazy as your garden variety political message board, tin-foil hat wearing wing nuts.

Well I do not want that. And I think the case can be made that if someone acts that way and that someone is a sitting Federal Judge, they are at least subject to the incapacity inquiry, if not formal impeachment.

Batshit crazy old fart. It is time for you to go. Your services are no longer required. Now git!


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