Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Telling the Truth about Chief Justice Rehnquist

An obituary by Alan Dershowitz.

My mother always told me that when a person dies, one should not say anything bad about him. My mother was wrong. History requires truth, not puffery or silence, especially about powerful governmental figures. And obituaries are a first draft of history.

So here’s the truth about Chief Justice Rehnquist you won’t hear on Fox News or from politicians. Chief Justice William Rehnquist set back liberty, equality, and human rights perhaps more than any American judge of this generation. His rise to power speaks volumes about the current state of American values.

For the rest of it, here is the link:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-dershowitz/telling-the-truth-about-c_b_6844.html

13 comments:

Riggs is Crazy said...

Is this the same Alan Dershowitz that helped that piece of shit murderer OJ Simpson go free?

Great example Max. Sometimes it's better to say nothing.

Max said...

Yes, Riggs, funny you should notice that, it is.

While I may not personally approve of Dershowitz being part of the OJ Simpson get-the-murderer-off team, that is the way our justice system works.

Anyway, I happened to find Dershowitz' comments on Rehnquist enlightening.

Devastatin' Dave said...

I've found Dershowitz to be selective in the rights he likes to defend. If I'm not mistaken, he wrote a piece defending the torture of POWs from the "War on Terror."

Sinister Steve said...

Actually Dershowitz was on Hanity and Colmbs after Rehnquist died.

Max said...

DD, I had not been aware of Dershowitz' stand on torture until now. I just researched it and obviously it has been a big thing, so I should have known about it. Oops. I still like his Rehnquist obituary, however, even if there is an element of hypocrisy.

SS, who are Hanity & Colmbs? And what is the implication of Dershowitz being connected with them? Thank you.

sinister steve said...

you stated you wouldnt get dershowitz's point of view on fox and hanity and colmbs are on fox.

it is just a show, hanity is very right and colmbs is left

Max said...

SS, I stated what? When? Are you smoking crack? Am I?

Skeeter said...

I can't defend Rehnquist if the things Dershowitz says are true, but I liked Rehnquist for his attempts if however inconsistent, at bringing about a federalist court. Heres an example:

United States v. Lopez, 1995

Alfonso Lopez Jr. brought a handgun and bullets into his high school and was charged under Texas law prohibiting the possession of a firearm on school premises. Shortly thereafter, the state charges were dismissed, and federal agents charged him under the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990.

Lopez's lawyers moved to dismiss the charges, saying that it was unconstitutional for Congress to attempt to legislate control over the public schools. The government defended the charge under the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause. The government argued that possession of a firearm leads to violent crime, which can in turn impact the economy and travel.

Rehnquist ruled against the government, arguing that if Congress were permitted to include something so far removed from the definition of "commerce," then it could regulate virtually anything.

"To uphold the Government's contentions here," he wrote, "we would have to pile inference upon inference in a manner that would bid fair to convert congressional authority under the Commerce Clause to a general police power of the sort retained by the States."

One of the first Supreme Court cases to limit the power of Congress under the commerce clause, United States v. Lopez set an important precedent for the defense of states' rights.

Sinister Steve said...

"So here’s the truth about Chief Justice Rehnquist you won’t hear on Fox News or from politicians."

Max said...

SS, I didn't say that, Alan Dershowitz said it.

Max said...

Skeeter, good point. Rehnquist was also one of the 3 dissenters in the medical marijuana case in June.

Sinister Steve said...

oh sorry about that. then what the hell is he talking about?

Max said...

Well, maybe he wrote that first and then those people invited him onto their show on Fox to prove him wrong.

I'm glad it's you smoking the crack today and not me.