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Chief Justice John Roberts Does It Again! ^ | July 2, 2012 | J. Christian Adams

Posted on 07/02/2012 4:27:58 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45

I was just on the Glen Beck show on GBTV and had occasion to note that Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion in the Obamacare case was familiar to me. It turns out that Roberts adopted a similar activist rewriting of the parties’ arguments in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder.

Most people just call it the “MUD” case, but it provides some clarity about what happened last week in the Obamacare ruling.

In MUD, a small utility district in Texas was challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional. (Shelby County Alabama and Texas are currently doing the same thing). Section 5 requires governments in 16 states, including the tiny MUD, to have every election related change approved in Washington under the Voting Rights Act. If you move a polling place, Washington must approve. If you change the method of election, Washington must approve.

The MUD sought to have the law declared unconstitutional.

Roberts, writing for the Court, avoided the question. Instead, Roberts used a slight of hand in MUD that he did last week – he rewrote the parties’ arguments. In MUD, Roberts held that the MUD was eligible to “bailout” of the statute. I won’t detail the complicated bailout provisions here (you can read them yourself in the case I link to above), but suffice to say that nobody thought the MUD was entitled to bailout of Section 5 because the MUD did not qualify under the clear language of the statute.

DOJ didn’t think the MUD was able to bailout, and neither did the MUD.

But John Roberts did. He rewrote the arguments, and the law, and thereby avoided the constitutional question of whether the Court would strike down the Voting Rights Act. He declared the MUD fit for bailout in a way that none of the attorneys working on the case thought was plausible.

Roberts did include an admonition that Section 5 was constitutionally suspect. But MUD was decided years ago and in the meantime, thousands of jurisdictions have spent millions of dollars complying with a statute that is probably unconstitutional that the cautious Roberts Court was unwilling to declare as such.

I have previously written that Robert’s approach flows from the strain of conservative jurisprudence that has been harping about “legislating from the bench” for decades. This mantra comes from conservatives shell shocked by the judicial activism of the 1970s, including Roe v. Wade.

When you hear Republican politicians warn about “legislating from the bench,” they are using rhetoric from two decades ago when courts advanced a leftist agenda in the absence of legislative activity. The term today is as archaic as parachute pants and AMC Gremlins. These days, legislatures are passing leftist legislation that exercises unconstitutional power. In that circumstance, it is up to the courts to defend the Constitution. Today, the Court flinched from that obligation, in part because of decades of conservatives repeating the empty and now obsolete admonition against “legislating from the bench.”

Justices like Scalia, Thomas and Alito are more interested in protecting liberty than protecting the Court. They are more interested in upholding the Constitution than they are insulating the Court from leftist criticism.

When I hear Republican politicians crow about “legislating from the bench,” I cringe. That’s a battle from two decades ago. These days, the Constitution needs to be defended, even if it takes the flexing of judicial muscle.

Let’s hope Mitt Romney promises to appoint judges who defend Constitutional liberty, not judges fighting fights from decades ago.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jchristianadams; mud; obamacaredecision; robertscourt; sourcetitlenoturl; votingrights

1 posted on 07/02/2012 4:28:04 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Para-Ord.45
Example of Roberts convoluted logic:

Hitler shot Hitler. Then Hitler shot the person who shot Hitler.

2 posted on 07/02/2012 4:31:10 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: Para-Ord.45

I am wondering if there is something wrong in Roberts’ head. Seriously.

3 posted on 07/02/2012 4:31:35 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Para-Ord.45

This is a very good assessment of what CJ Roberts did; however, it doesn’t clarify “why”.

I believe he and his family was threatened. It is the Chicago way.

4 posted on 07/02/2012 4:34:22 PM PDT by SatinDoll
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It would also go a long way to explain why every single case that’s reached SCOTUS, has been shot down because of the BS about “lack of standing”. It seems that we know who was ultimately the roadblock to all those arguments. The fix was in.

5 posted on 07/02/2012 4:41:55 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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Levin explained it all and used roberts the traitor's own words to do it with. roberts "the turn coat" wants to be like Chief Justice Marshall... he wants to save the court, its reputation and its so-called “integrity”. Hell johnny boy... you raped the Constitution and then shat upon it. roberts says to hell with the Constitution and the electorate. To hell with the rule of law and insignificant things like oaths of office. The man compromised his soul and legislated from the bench... all to be liked by the left and to avoid bad press for himself and thereby in his view... the entire court. He wants to be friends will ALL the justices and rule in the spirit of Compromise and Unity and screw the rule of law, Stare Decisis, violating the oath of office or ignoring the US Constitution... for unity and compromise are more important than the Constitution and/or Constitutional duites. He should be impeached and tried for treason. He should get a fair trial by his peers... not the tyrannical BS he shoved up our exhaust pipes with this illegal and immoral decision!!!


6 posted on 07/02/2012 4:49:47 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Para-Ord.45

Let’s hope Mitt Romney


7 posted on 07/02/2012 4:51:11 PM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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IN 2012 when we take the WH, Congress, and Senate THE AMERICAN FOLK SHOULD DEMAND ROBERTS resign or GET IMPEACHED!! AND I’m serious!

8 posted on 07/02/2012 5:01:09 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Para-Ord.45
Do ya ever wonder why Roberts became CJ instead of Scalia? Roberts was more qualified?

For that matter, is CJ any more than an honorary position? Why bother calling any of them Chief, if their decision holds no more sway than the others?

9 posted on 07/02/2012 6:27:37 PM PDT by FlyVet
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Seizures. . He is supposedly using unknown quantities of drugs usually prescribed to control seizures...................................... One characteristic of your more common sorts of epilepsy is the practice of the victims writing extensive volumes of what appear to be daily diaries ~ sometimes covering events or thoughts in infinite detail. They frequently confuse themselves regarding what went on, or what they thought, or what the analysis leads to.

10 posted on 07/02/2012 6:35:26 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: FlyVet

The Chief Justice assigns who writes the majority decision.

11 posted on 07/02/2012 6:38:50 PM PDT by muawiyah
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