One man's view of a small corner of the planet.
The opinions are my own and, while I welcome your comments, I will maintain decorum here.
Two recent U.S. Supreme Court cases show what happens when justices/judges are too long removed from the 'real world'. In "Atwater v. City of Lago Vista", more commonly known as the "soccer mom" case, an ordinary, middle-class mom was driving her young children home in a residential area. One of the local cops arrested her, putting on handcuffs in front of her screaming, scared children, and took her to jail for--not wearing her seatbelt. She spent several hours in jail before seeing a judge, even though Texas law specifically forbids jail as a sentence for this offense. The Court, in a 5-4 decision, upheld the custodial arrest, even though calling out the cop for poor judgment. I suspect these 9 justices--being out of real circulation for years--simply have never had to deal with a cop with an attitude. The second case, the name of which escapes me, involved a California law enforcement agency executing a search warrant. When the broke the door in at 5 or 6 in the morning, they found a white man and woman in bed; they were both naked, but forced to stand nude for "a few minutes" while the police checked the rest of the house. The cops didn't know that the 4 blacks they were looking for moved out FOUR MONTHS earlier. In a unanimous decision, the Court ruled that law abiding citizens must sometimes accept embarassing circumstances like this so the cops can catch the bad guys. WHAT??? You will never convince me that had something like this happened to one of their spouses, it would be written off in such a cavalier manner. In short, if people get in the way of the law, then appoint computers to the court. If that offends anyone, as it should, then look for real people, with appropriate knowledge and education, for these positions.
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