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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Justice Tom Parker - The Outlaw

Disrespect for the rule of law seems to be running rampant these days.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker - who ran for office on the promise that he would be like Roy Moore - recently wrote an op-ed criticizing his fellow justices for obeying the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roper v. Simmons, which struck down the juvenile death penalty as violating the 8th Amendment. (American Constitution Society blogs about it here.)

In essence, Justice Parker is calling for the Alabama Supreme Court to break the law by disobeying the binding constitutional decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. It's a recipe for judicial chaos...and the kind of disgusting argument for "nullification" that I thought died after the 1960s.

Also, see the comments to the ACS blog post, where my friend Ian Millhiser blows to pieces the bullshit talking point that the Supreme Court relied on international law instead of the Constitution in banning the juvenile death penalty.


  • RealRepub:

    Tom Parker was financially supported almost completely by wealthy trial lawyers whose only purpose was to get Justice Jean Brown--the first woman elected to the Alabama Supreme Court and its most conservative member, off the court. They succeeded and created a monster.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/05/2006 5:10 PM  

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