Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The State of the Judiciary

Yesterday the Colorado Supreme Court overturned a death penalty decision because jurors discussed verses of Scripture. This new horizon in the abatement of religious freedom follows another stunning development in our judicial system: the influence of foreign law.

Related articles include an editorial from Texas Senator John Cornyn, a story describing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's public condemnation of this trend, and a fascinating video available via RealPlayer of a debate between Justices Scalia and Stephen Breyer on the topic.

The only way this problem is going to be solved is if the American people make it clear that we expect our judges to enforce the law and our Constitution based on the framers' intent. The Constitution demands that the Senate give "advice and consent" on presidential appointees. Many of our Senators are ignoring this responsibility for political purposes, and judges like Scalia are being blocked from the bench. Contact your senators and insist that all presidential judicial appointees receive a floor vote.

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