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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Statement On The Senate Floor By Senator John Cornyn

Sen. Cornyn made the following statement (as part of a larger speech that can be found here) on Monday:

Finally, I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country -- certainly nothing new; we seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently that has been on the news. I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in violence, certainly without any justification, but that is a concern I have that I wanted to share.

Now, I know this is not precisely what he said, but he seems to be implying that the judge who was murdered and the judge whose family was murdered brought this on themselves. This is patently absurd. The judges involved in the recent violence did not make "political decisions" they were simply criminal court justices.

On top of the absurdity of his suggestion, let's say that these judges who suffered violence WERE these "activist judges" that this man hates so much. Let's say it was Judge Greer or something (the principle judge in the Schiavo case). Is he to suggest that this would be reasonable? I understand that he is not condoning it, but to suggest that it would somehow follow a logic if, say, a 5th Circuit Court justice were to be killed because of his/her "activist" status is simply moronic.

Brilliant man. I am so glad he's on the judiciary committee.

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