Skip to comments.Sandy O'Connor touts global law
Posted on 10/29/2004 10:21:46 PM PDT by w6ai5q37b
Published October 28, 2004 ASSOCIATED PRESS
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor yesterday extolled the growing role of international law in U.S. courts, saying judges would be negligent if they disregarded its importance in a post-September 11 world of heightened tensions.
In a 15-minute speech at Georgetown law school, Justice O'Connor made no mention of the health of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, 80, who was hospitalized this week for thyroid cancer and is expected to return to work Monday.
Justice O'Connor said the Supreme Court is increasingly taking cases that demand a better understanding of foreign legal systems. A recent example was last term's terror cases involving the U.S. detention of foreign-born detainees at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, she said.
"International law is no longer a specialty. ... It is vital if judges are to faithfully discharge their duties," Justice O'Connor told attendees at a ceremony dedicating Georgetown's new international law center.
"Since September 11, 2001, we're reminded some nations don't have the rule of law or [know] that it's the key to liberty," she said. Later this term, the Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of executing juvenile killers. The case has attracted wide interest overseas, with many foreign nations filing briefs pointing to international human rights norms as a justification for outlawing the practice.
Justice O'Connor, who is expected to be a pivotal vote, didn't mention the case, but said recognizing international law could foster more civilized societies in the United States and abroad.
We have a government riddled with traitors. How can our nation survive?
Ronald Reagan's worst mistake as President. By far.
Just another reason NOT to have an America-doubting "internationalist" as President, nominating Supreme Court Justices even more likely to be of like (non-American, internationalist) mind.
Whenever I see this crap about international law, I ask myself, who makes up these laws? What int'l body, what legislature? Does it include the 30 muslim dictatorships in the UN who don't allow voting or women to show their faces?
She's using her oath as toilet paper.
I'm with you, her talk scared me.
Impeach this traitorous BI*CH...it's time to march on DC with pitchforks if we have to.
No doubt! She has just openly violated her oath.
Hey Sandddraaa... I think you need to look over your job description again you fool.
I guess she's jockeying for an appointment to the World Court or sumfn
If we had a Congress with some spine they'd impeach her for lack of "good behavior" the first time she used foreign precedent.
The problem with our activist Judiciary is due to a lack of Congressmen who will do their job.
O'Connor has been deteriorating for several years now. I wouldn't be surprised if staff has to follow her around in case she soils herself. Damn shame - - she was once a competent and thoughtful jurist who took the US Constitution seriously.
Has anyone checked her for Alzheimer's?
Because she knows nothing will happen to her. This country is going to fall apart if we don't get back to having some standards
That is the scariest thing I have ever heard.
This is just another reason why we so desparately need more "strict constructionists" on the Supreme Court.
We're just way too old fashioned...They're way ahead of us on this...They're even building new buildings to teach this stuff to unsuspecting students who are growing up to be 'international lawyers'...
She no longer is qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, and should be removed immediately.
In a sense she's no fool. She knows the courts, and the Supreme Court in particular, lead the country around by the nose. What better place for internationalist leverage.
OH, YEAH! Ever since her first mutterings about taking international court decisions into account when ruling on US cases. Can her.
If that's the case, all the more reason to stick to OUR Constitution which is tried and true.
Caravan of pickups with AR-15s if you ask me.
Not any worse than Dwight Eisenhour's mistaken appointment of Earl Warren!!! Ike even admitted that was his worst mistake.
This from O'Connor is unacceptable, too!!!
We're going to approach territory that even Lincoln didn't want to broach...but he did.
Too late, FRiend, too damn late.
This country, as it is presently constructed, is doomed.
The only possible way to fix it is several decades of REAL conservative leadership. I'm afraid that's not gonna happen.
I prefer a Mr. Nasty Streetsweeper, myself. Makes a nice close-up mess.
Might I suggest something with a longer reach?
Impeach, mental illness
But, unfortunately, she's not the worst of them. There are some very smug subversives on the court beside her.
I wouldn't do it in this forum FRiend...
Except that the inability to discriminate between right and wrong are signs of barbarism, not civilization. O'Conner incorrectly believes that an international consensus is a higher order than American law. As a jurist, a professional finder of fact, she should know better.
Consider just one piece of evidence: the International Criminal Court. This is an enormous step backwards in the cause of human rights. It violates very nearly every judicial and evidentiary protection of the Bill or Rights. Its victims can be tried in secret, by secret tribunals, upon secret evidence that even their attorneys cannot see. Their is no right to a trial by peers. And worst of all: the ICC enforces "laws" that do not even exist in the sense the we understand them. The "laws" tried by the ICC are not written by marjoritarian legislatures, and they are not clear, precise and unambiguous, but depend rather on a "consensus understanding" of international "law." Even the penalties for defying such "laws" are not even well defined.
In fine and in sum, the promotion of International Law, and its spotty enforcement, is a descent into the darkness of the rule of men, away from the enlightenment of the rule of law. It is a rejection of 225 years and more of understanding, and a return to the middle ages, when self-appointed tyrants ruled the Earth.
And of course Sandra would have an apoplexy if she saw it happened here. Oh well, I guess by your lights a despot Ruler of the World is better than none, Ms. O'Connor.
I took a class in "International Law" at law school, and it was by far my poorest grade (thus far). I was so relieved! If I had done well, I would have feared that there was something wrong with me. As it is, receiving a bad mark in such a farcical class reconfirms my status as an American.
Well, at least she waited until his body was cold.
This is proof that there needs to be an upper age limit for Supreme Court Judges.
She wants to dilute our Constitution by stirring in European Court precedent.
she is attacking the very foundation of our Republic.
Ive been calling for her impeachment for the last two years when she first starting making her rulings based on international law.But have been ridiculed and told to shut up for the last two years because by god she was apointed by one of our lords nad savoirs ronald reagan and to impeach her would taint ronnies legacy. One of the things the ""conservatives"" on freerepublic better realise and better realise very very quickly i s that international law almost exclusivley bans all firearms of any caliber. Hell there was a story posted on freerepublic this summer about a group of german men that are faceing 12 years in prison in germany becasue they were showing off a potato(E?) :-) gun to thier friends and the cops saw it to.So I really dont give a tinkers damn whether it makes rons legacy look bad we have to impeach at least 5 members of the supreme court starting with good ole sandy day.
Can We? Has that ever been done?
...and give her vacant seat to respected jurist MIGUEL ESTRADA ???...That way she can lunch with her friends whenever she wants...
"How can our nation survive?"
It doesn't get any worst, and their doing it without a shot being fired!!!
There are two things YOU CAN DO to stop the stampede to international control of business and government in our country:
Call and e-mail the Supreme Court with your concern about the application of law in our country. Tell them of your serious concern about superceding our Constitution with decisions made by foreign courts:
Telephone: (888) 293-6498
Begin the distribution of the Congressional Petition below seeking the removal of Justice O'Connor from the Supreme Court:
Whereas, Article VI, Clause 2 of the Constitution holds: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.; and
Whereas, Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution holds: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; and
Whereas, Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States charges members of the Supreme Court shall only ....hold their offices during good behaviour....; and
Whereas, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor did willfully and publicly rescind her oath of office made to the people of these united States of America, and
Whereas, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor did willfully and wrongfully publicly promote an abrogation of the Constitution of these united States of America by declaring the application of foreign government law and foreign court decisions as superior to supreme law of our country, as well as national, state, regional and local court decisions, statutes and ordinances; and
Whereas, it is unfair to Justice OConnor and the American people to unduly delay a resolution of the charge of breaching her oath of office and her attempt to subvert the rule of law in these united States of America; and
Whereas, only in the context of an official House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Investigation can we find out whether impeachment Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor may be legally warranted.
Therefore, we, the undersigned urge you, Representative
_______________________________________________________ to sponsor a House Resolution to launch an official inquiry to determine whether impeachment shall be initiated with respect to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor.
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Post # 49, FYI