Thursday, March 23, 2006

First hand knowledge

Chief Justice Russell Anderson doesn’t know what he is talking about. Literally. Whoa Spotty, that’s pretty strong! No it’s not; it’s by is own admission. Justice Anderson has no first-hand knowledge of anything related to any conversations between members of the Court and Dean Johnson regarding DOMA. Zero, zip, zilch, nada. He says he polled the members of the Court and nobody issued an advisory opinion.
We don’t give advisory opinions,” he said. “We decide these cases in the context of real cases with real people and real controversies. We do not prejudge them.”

CP at minvolved has the quote and a discussion. Spot has also written about the flap.

If the Chief Justice is saying that no member of the Court ever had a discussion with a legislator in the abstract about a legal issue, if that’s what he is saying, he is being, well, disingenuous.

Regarding the Chief Justice’s investigation, you let Spot ask the questions, and he’ll get you any answer you want.

It was indiscreet of Dean Johnson to talk about any casual conversation he may have had with a Supreme Court Justice. But it is also untrue, as people like Captain Fishsticks (you’ll have to look it up yourself) suggest, that the integrity of the judiciary has somehow been fatally wounded.

Let’s talk about the issues that really relate to governance.

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