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"Indeed, the rage of theorists to make constitutions a vehicle for the conveyance of their own crude, and visionary aphorisms of government, requires to be guarded against with the most unceasing vigilance."
     -- Joseph Story
     Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     Book III, § 1857.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

I thought I'd throw in this blast from the past, just in case it's slipped anyone's mind: Harry Pregerson, whose name is in lead position on the Ninth Circuit panel's opinion postponing the California recall election, is the same judge who was slapped down in extraordinary fashion by the United States Supreme Court for his flurry of orders, each more farfetched than the last, attempting to derail the execution of Robert Alton Harris. So impressed was the Supreme Court with his judicial temperament that it ordered, no further stays shall be issued in the case unless approved in advance by the Supreme Court. This is also the same Harry Pregerson whose attempt at a defense of those last-gasp stays was published under his own byline in the next morning's newspapers, to make the deadline for which he must necessarily have been communicating directly with the press on the case while it was still before him.

UPDATE (09/21/2003 12:35am): Looks like he did it again.

-- posted by Clayton 9/16/2003 11:41:00 AM

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