Tuesday, November 22, 2005


November 22, 2005 -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the high court did not inject itself into the 2000 presidential election.

Speaking at the Time Warner Center last night, Scalia said: "The election was dragged into the courts by the Gore people. We did not go looking for trouble."

But he said the court had to take the case.

"The issue was whether Florida's Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court [would decide the election.] What did you expect us to do? Turn the case down because it wasn't important enough?"

As a member of the legal profession (albeit, a staff member only) this really, really bothers me. A Judge never involves him/herself in politics. I read this article early this morning and have had a hard time dealing with it all day. In the legal world, a Judge does not comment on matters such as this, whether he or she be a local, County or State Judge and especially if the matter has come before him/her. Our Judges are supposed to be impartial and above the fray, making their decisions on the cases that come before them on established law. So, why is Scalia commenting on this? If he were anyone other than a US Supreme Court Justice, he would most likely be removed. Since when do Supreme Court Justices believe they are above the law?? Since George Walker Bush and his minions came into power. To me, this is beyond belief and shows a political bias. If this happened anywhere other than in this particular administration and this Court, Scalia would be history. Unfortunately, we are stuck with him. Shame on us. And, this shows how very important every appointment to the Supreme Court is. It is like appointing God to a position that will have an affect on each and every one of us. Men are mortal. Let's pay more attention to Alito.

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