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9th Circuit Court reversed AGAIN. Remains MOST REVERSED ...

by Edward ODaniel / June 14, 2004 5:36 AM PDT

Court in the nation!

Supreme Court Dismisses Pledge Case on Technicality

Justices Do Not Decide Constitutionality of Reference to God in Pledge of Allegiance
By William Branigin and Charles Lane
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, June 14, 2004; 1:30 PM

The Supreme Court ruled today that a California atheist did not have the legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, dismissing on procedural grounds a lower court's ruling in his favor but sidestepping the broader question of whether the pledge itself is constitutional.

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At least for the moment, we don't have to worry about this
by Kiddpeat / June 14, 2004 7:07 AM PDT

court's idiotic rulings, but heaven help us if Kerry becomes President and appoints some justices.

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Re: At least for the moment, we don't have to worry about th
by C1ay / June 14, 2004 11:34 PM PDT

You'd have thought the District court would have noticed the father's lack of legal standing to speak for a child he didn't have custody of. That was kind of idiotic....

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by Evie / June 14, 2004 11:40 PM PDT

Been listening to all the punditry, some of which are complaining that the Supreme Court didn't "really address the issue" but dismissed on a technicality. Disappointing for those seeking closure, for sure, but it was the right thing to do. If Ginsburg agreed, surely even the 9th Circuit should have seen this coming and never let it get this far!

Evie Happy

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Re: Yep!
by C1ay / June 15, 2004 12:21 AM PDT
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Disappointing for those seeking closure, for sure...

Closure on this issue with this case would not have stood the test of time. The same technicality that this case was reversed on would have tainted any closure on the issue itself.

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Re: 9th Circuit Court reversed AGAIN. Remains MOST REVERSED

Hi, Ed.

Yes, by an accident of timinjg, fewer ultra-conservatives have been appointed to that one court. Its rulings follow the philosophy that used to typify our justice system back when that was an appropriate name -- and hopefully will again one day. OTOH, the Supreme Court is still close enough to balanced that their unanimous ruling overturning the 9th indicates that this particular ruling was indeed well outside the mainstream. The sad thing is that I remember when Rhenquist was routinely the 1 in 8-1 rulings (that's how far to the right he is), and now he sets the tone <shudder>.

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You are aware, aren't you, Dave....
by J. Vega / June 14, 2004 10:10 AM PDT

Dave you are aware of the fact that Newdow, the party filing the suit, was never married to the child's mother, aren't you?
Yes, this particular situation was "outside the mainstream", but do you see the "standing" problem? Had the Court said that he had legal standing it could have opened up quite a "bucket of worms", as there are many cases of other people who have had children out of wedlock. Think about it.

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