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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Frothy-mouthed Robison: The End is Near!

Clay Robison, who oversees the Chronicle's extensive Austin bureau, is more than a little worked up over a certain congressman:
Although Tom DeLay portrays a believable Third World dictator, it is time that he stopped trying to transform the United States into his own ideological fiefdom. And it is time for him to stop sputtering ill-tempered threats, not only at the judiciary but also at the U.S. Constitution, which he repeatedly has sworn an oath to uphold.
At this point you might expect Robison's editorial to deteriorate into a rant about how the Republicans want to force-feed mercury to poor children while drinking delicious puppy smoothies. But instead, we're treated to Justice Robison's interpretation of the U.S. Constitution:
But it will be inappropriate -- perhaps even unconstitutional -- for Congress, as DeLay seems to be saying, to restrict the role of the courts to review such laws
And now we go to the actual U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 2:
In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.
That's that.

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