Woody'z never been to law school, though I took the LSAT (151), but my barely repressed 'inner barrister' --or "jailhouse lawyer" if you prefer--is agog: In oral arguments today, Slammin Sammy Alito, demonstrating the acumen which got him onto SCROTUS in the first place, bravely and forthrightly affirmed the right of people to vote on OTHER people's rights. Leave it to the states, sez he...No. Really. He said that....
Where DO they FIND these drooling twatwaffles?
It is, or should be, profoundly embarrassing to USer citizens that a sitting member of the SCROTUS--Alito--would evince in one place so much concentrated ignorance of (or contempt for) the due process and equal protections clauses of the 14th Amendment
--ya know: the "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws" part--Whither the contempt or ignorance unless he were planning to use the case to attack and undermine those very principles, of due process and equal protection.
Nobody can predict how the divas and legal prima donnas on SCROTUS will decide on the two measures the Constitutionality of which was argued this week. Both measures--Prop 8 and DOMA--are self-evidently violations of both the due process and the equal protection clauses. It is SOOO OBVIOUS, even a corrupt asswhole like Scalia and his house servant, Clancy Thomas OUGHT NOT to be able to ignore it.
IF the Justices are honest, they MUST strike down both Prop 8 and DOMA.
But they're not honest. We've seen it a hundred times since 2000. They have (not-so-secret) agendas, one of which, SCROTUS/OPUS DEI-wise, has been to circumscribe already vested civil rights of citizens to seek relief of grievances.
I think that's why nobody seems to want to mention that 14th Amenmdment thing, because they're afraid to remind the OPUS DEists of the opportunity this presents to overturn the 14th Amendmant...which has LONG been a righturd/conservotard/fuckwitz wet dream...
I have always thought that was the underlying motive for hearing the matters. Why are they before the Court? Think about it. It needs four votes to grant "cert," that is, to agree to hear the case. Now the "liberal" wing had no reason to grant cert, since lower courts had already ruled both invalid by reason of unconstitutionality.
So it had to be the OPUSDEIsts--the gang of Cross--which agreed to hear the cases and who apparently expect to prevail, since they wouldn't have brought the cases forward which they didn't intend to win.
BOTH measures under debate --Prop 8 and DOMA--are PLAINLY in violation of the LETTER of the fucking law. If they are not overthrown, it will severely undermine the power of the amendment, with vast implications.
The righturds have been trying to scuttle it since 1870, or so. These people NEVER quit.