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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Justices Address Congress For First Time Since Schivo Case

Supreme court justices Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas spoke before a congressional committee addressing the Supreme Courts budget today. The hearing turned into a wide ranging discussion regarding the role of the judiciary in society and the accountability that judges should have. Both justices defended the judiciary and admitted that criticism is part of the democratic process, but that is one of the reasons that federal judgeships are for life, to be free from any political or other types of pressure. The Courts have come under heavy criticism from the Republican Right for their role in deciding Terri Schiavo's fate. Recently Rep. Tom Delay, House majorioty leader, made a controversial statement in which he said: "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior," referring to what some are calling a judiciary "run amok". This is in sharp contrast to what the majority of the nation, a whopping 70%, thinks of the issue. Justice Kennedy dismissed the idea that the court should be sensitive to public dissatisfaction with rulings by saying that the most controversial rulings involved dissent from the nine justices themselves. What are we to expect from the public? Unanimous support?
Justices Respond to Criticism From Congress

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