(Fwd from Mark Graber) Re: The supreme court intervenes (or,
the "rule of law indeed")
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Tue Dec 12 07:01:40 PST 2000
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> From: "Mark Graber" <MGRABER at gvpt.umd.edu>
> To: <CONLAWPROF at listserv.ucla.edu>
> Subject: Re: The supreme court intervenes (or, the "rule of law
> I rather expect a republican court will follow republican principles, so
> this decision aside, I'm not nearly as upset at Scalia for deciding the
> way he does, then Democratic Senators for not fillibustering his
> nomination to death. But compare two ways the court might have
> 1. What actually is happening.
> 2. The Supreme Court stays out of the recount fight. Gore appears to win
> the recount. The Florida legislature nevertheless approves a Bush slate.
> Litigation results with the final result being that the Supreme Court
> affirms the legislative decision.
> While, as a signer of the Griffin letter, I think decision 2 wrong, I also
> think it far more consistent with the sort of principles the Court has
> been espousing the past ten years. Defer to state legislature, rather
> than state judiciary in case of conflict. Decision 1 sure looks like the
> sort of ruling on equal protection that the court rejects whenever
> liberals make the claim. Put differently, although I think plausible
> arguments can be made for decision 1, they are the sort of arguments that
> do not seem to appeal to this court in many other contexts, which I do not
> think would be the case for decision 2.
> Mark A. Graber
> mgraber at gvpt.umd.edu
> >>> SLevinson at MAIL.LAW.UTEXAS.EDU 12/11/00 11:26AM >>>
> Not only is Earl Maltz entitled to take pride in his prescience. I also
> have new respect for my colleage Lino Graglia, who has condemned judicial
> imperialism pretty much across the board (including attacking Lopez in the
> pages of The National Review). There is much about which I continue to
> disagree with Lino, but he is far more principled that the current
> of the United States Supreme Court.
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