Supreme Court narrowly upholds release of prisoners from overcrowded California jails. Scalia’s dissent includes this hilarious line, which is either silly fearmongering, or below-average homoerotica: “…many will undoubtedly be fine physical specimens who have developed intimidating muscles pumping iron in the prison gym.”
Well obviously crime is dropping BECAUSE of all the tough war-on-drugs, terrorism-baiting activity that our brave men and women in uniform are instigating at 3AM while kicking your down down and deploying flashbangs.
And why does the Supreme Court make it so easy for a LEO to arrest/convict a person now, but then turn around and clear out a ton of prisoners from the penal system?
Bloated, overbudget bureaucracy,disregard of individual rights,continued abuse of state jurisdiction and muddled judicial reasoning as we saw with the Kentucky/Barnes decision. Are there ANY good arguments left for Federal authority?
I like this one better, where Scalia decides there are times when it’s okay to bend the law by any means necessary… nice to see the strict constructionists sticking to his principles.
“There comes before us, now and then, a case whose proper outcome is so clearly indicated by tradition and common sense, that its decision ought to shape the law, rather than vice versa. One would think that, before allowing the decree of a federal district court to release 46,000 convicted felons, this Court would bend every effort to read the law in such a way as to avoid that outrageous result.”
And your quote drives home the fact, he has some other issues.
“…many will undoubtedly be fine physical specimens who have developed intimidating muscles pumping iron in the prison gym.”
Yes. GAAAAAY! But it also shows exactly how moronic the Legal System is. We’ve said it here before…prisoners eventually get out of prison! The state would love to have them all just go away, but that isn’t the case. What a complete failure.
You should have seen the hand-wringing and screaching on FoxNews this morning about this story.
PS: Can anyone confirm that most prison gyms were dismantled awhile ago? In other words, not much iron pumping now-a-days.
So, clearly Scalia has gotten a solid start on his descent into senility, and has become nothing but a frightened old man who can no longer consider cases objectively. He should be gently persuaded to retire, shown to a nice, safe home where he can eat pudding and accuse the nurses of stealing from him without having every decision backed by the force of law.
Helmut O' Hooligan |
May 24th, 2011 at 4:47 pm
“As the percentage of people behind bars has decreased in the past few years, violent crime rates have fallen as well. For those who believed that higher incarceration rates inevitably led to less crime, ‘this would also be the last time to expect a crime decline,’ he said.”
Oops. That’s an awkward little detail for the “tough on crime” crowd.
Hmm, maybe if law enforcement in the U.S. wasn’t tasked with investigating victimless crime and raising revenue through overly strict traffic enforcement then LEO’s could actually make a bigger dent in crime. If only it was really about public safety.
@5 @8 Hey, it works for Sheriff Joe down in Maricopa County. His reelection campaign consists of “Me and my boys are the only thing standing between you and a slavering zombie horde of Mexicans high on weed aiming to rape your granddaughters.” And the moron senior citizens keep voting for him, despite the $40 million in lawsuit payouts and another $30 million pending.
Anyone know where I can find any information on how (or whether or not) CA plans to prioritize the release of felons? I mean, can I hope that non-violent drug offending felons will be a priority for release? I know I shouldn’t hope, but I’m still young, damnit. As I becoming jaded appears to be inevitable, I’m trying to hold out for as long as I can.
Either way, I’d love to hear what the game plan is if someone can offer a link or inside info.