Monday, June 27, 2005

SCOTUS, Part One

Supreme Court bars Ten Commandments at courthouses

Well, this is an auspicious beginning to a day that could see the retirement of a Supreme Court Justice. In the ultimate Sandra Day O'Connor decision, written by David Souter, the court ruled, 5-4, that a particular display of the Ten Commandments is unconstitutional while leaving room for displays in a historical context. Perhaps O'Connor should appoint herself the sole arbiter of such matters? She apparently wants to see every case come before the high court; I'm sure the other four on either side would have been happy to produce a more thorough and precedent-setting ruling.

UPDATE: Looks like it was actually Breyer who wanted to see every last case come before the Court, not O'Connor--he's the one who switched sides to make the Texas display legal. Also looks like this nine will take the field again next season. Is it too much to hope that Rehnquist will stay on the bench and not feel forced to retire until a Democrat can choose his successor?

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