Friday, March 10, 2006

O'Connor Stands Up

Nina Totenberg files this excellent report O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor showed Thursday that she's not absent from judicial issues. During a speech in Washington, she said Republican leaders' attacks on the courts threaten the constitutional freedoms of Americans.
Wow. She pulls no punches. I really cannot imagine why this was not more widely reported! Google news comes up nearly empty, aside from a tepid report in the WaPo.

Please chase this link and listen for yourself:
The retired justice criticized republicans who criticize the courts. She says they challenge the independce of judges and the freedoms of all Americans.
"Attacks on the judiciary by some republican leaders pose a direct threat to our consutitutional freedoms."
"I am against judicial reforms driven by naked partisan reasoning."
"We must be ever vigilant against those who would strong arm the judiciary into adopting their prefered policies. It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings."
Let's hope she continues to use the freedom her retirement affords her to stand up for American freedom and liberty.

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