Skip to comments.Federal judge goes nuclear on chief justice and conservatives on U.S. Supreme Court 'Actively participating in undermining American democracy'
Posted on 03/12/2020 11:01:25 AM PDT by rktman
In the judiciary, polite language such as "I disagree" and "my point has been misrepresented" are the common protocol. (WND so I'll post the piece below)
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...
But one judge has thrown caution to the wind, charging that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and other conservatives on the court are "actively participating in undermining American democracy."
Judge Lynn Adelman of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin wrote an article headlined "The Roberts Courts' Assault on Democracy," which will be published soon in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, Fox News reported.
An online reference to the paper includes an abstract that lays out the allegations:
This article argues that economic and political developments in the last fifty years have in many respects undermined Americas democratic institutions and that, instead of working to strengthen democracy, the Supreme Court over which Chief Justice Roberts presides, is substantially contributing to its erosion. The Court has done this in two ways, first by carrying on a sustained assault on the right of poor people and minorities to vote. The Court has virtually eviscerated the landmark Voting Rights Act, it has upheld strict voter identification laws that serve no purpose other than to make voting more difficult, and it has authorized states to purge thousands of people from the voting rolls. In addition, the Court has abdicated its responsibility to end the anti-democratic process of partisan gerrymandering. The second way in which the Court is weakening democracy is by reinforcing the enormous imbalance in wealth and political power that has developed in recent decades and that has contributed to undermining democracy.
In the article, Adelman, a Clinton appointee, wrote that "the Roberts Court has been anything but passive."
"Rather, the Court's hard-right majority is actively participating in undermining American democracy," the judge said. "Indeed, the Roberts Court has contributed to ensuring that the political system in the United States pays little attention to ordinary Americans and responds only to the wishes of a relatively small number of powerful corporations and individuals."
Adelman made clear he liked neither the Supreme Court's "direct assaults on democracy such as cases that affect voting rights" nor where its "increased the economic and political power of corporations and wealthy individuals and reduced that of ordinary Americans and entities which represent them."
Fox News said the judge did not reserve his ire for the Supreme Court alone.
"He took shots at Senate Republicans for their handling of President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, which GOP senators ignored in order to allow Obama's successor to appoint someone else this resulted in President Trump successfully nominating Justice Neil Gorsuch."
The judge said Senate Republicans are like the "fire-eaters," the fervent defenders of slavery said to have pushed the South into the Civil War.
Well, first off they probably should NOT have used a pic of CJ Roberts. 2nd, X-cuse me their your judginess, it AIN’T a democracy.
Third, hell, we learned it from them; Ninth Circuit, anybody?
There is a reason Lynn is not on the SCOTUS.
The left is coming unglued as they come to grips with another four years of sanity. I think we are going to see more and more meltdowns from people like her in the deep state.
This judge just opened himself up to have every case he had anything to do with thrown out
Rather gutsy I would say by the esteemed jurist.
After all, it was His party, the Democrats, that were the party of racism and slavery...and still are.
I noticed that one of the key decisions he was involved it was striking down of the voter ID laws passed in his state.
In other words, a typical corrupt, racist, Democrat.
What was Chief Justice Roberts saying about no Clinton judges or Obama judges?
It’s not her fault.
She is just following orders.
There are four out of six federal judges in that district right now. 2 dummy and 2 Republican appointments, and 2 vacancies.
As soon as convenient, President Trump should appoint 2 conservative firebrands, making it 4R and 2D, and they should be as pestiferous as possible to this leftist judge.
The judge should know the former gives value and meaning to each voter's vote, just as the latter reduces chaos on the roads and provides a sense of security to all other drivers.
In my state I’m required to have a permit to carry......
This black-robed jackass should be run off the bench into retirement.
The judge shows very well why he should not be a judge, as he fails to show he does not, cannot distinguish the separate and limited role and powers of the judiciary from powers the Constitution places on the legislative and executive branches.
Creeps like Adelman say “democracy” but really mean statism.
Just my opinion of course.
“Adelman, a Clinton appointee, wrote that “the Roberts Court has been anything but passive.”
Unlike the 1973 supreme court that said it was okay to kill babies? that kind of “anything but passive?”
There is no way that this judge is exhibiting “good behavior” - you know, like, “will hold office during good behavior”?
Not to the stupfd activist Judge.
The Founding fathers put in our constitution that the form of Government is a Republican one, not a “Democracy”
They have always failed and they saw it coming and said NO
It irritates me when folks say it is a threat to our “Democracy” when what they are saying to me represents a threat to our Republic!!
In an interesting turn of the phrase this site is called Free Republic and it is spot on. They seek to enslave us and take away our Freedom of choice and replace it with Freedom FROM choice
I see what you did there you commie bastards
Sic Semper Tyrranis!
This is absolutely correct, but the judge has the arrow of causality in the wrong direction.
Those economic and political developments have been caused, in a great degree, by the Supreme Court refusing to follow the Constitution, the very decisions which he champions.
But then, his view of America's democratic institutions probably do not include the family, the right of association, equal justice under the law, freedom of speech, the churches and freedom of religion, hollywood, universities, and public education in general.
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