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Posted by  Kevin Matthews on December 12, 2000 at 12:07:11:


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FYI -- KMM

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Date: 12/12/00 12:03 PM
Received: 12/12/00 9:05 AM
From: Martin Sall

Not only would Bush be an illegitimate president, but it is growing more
and more obvious that an illegitimate U.S. Supreme Court is trying to
make it so.

"First we learned that Rehnquist's lawyer son is helping defend
Microsoft against private antitrust lawsuits and the judge participated
in a key Supreme Court vote in a Microsoft antitrust case. Federal law
says judges should disqualify themselves from cases in which their wife
or child is known to have "an interest that could be substantially
affected by the outcome of the proceeding." Then we learn that two
Scalia lawyer sons work in law firms defending Bush in the U.S. Supreme
Court. Now we learn that Thomas is guilty of the same infraction. To
date, neither Thomas nor Scalia have recused themselves from the Bush
case, even though they have already made decisions severely damaging to
Gore. While it seems we can't force them to do the right thing and
recuse themselves, even though they appear to be breaking federal law,
we can sure shout "illegitimate" to the skies. This has now gone beyond
the credibility of the U.S. Supreme Court. We're now into questions of
the legality of the U.S. Supreme Court." - Politex, 12/12/00

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Also from http://www.BushWatch.com, this interesting speculation:

Thoughts at Noon While We Wait...Scalia has put the U.S. Supreme
Court between a rock and a hard place. The court would never have
taken on this second Bush appeal if not for the fact that Scalia
needs Bush to become president so he can become Chief Justice. And
now that Scalia has taken them to this place, they find that nothing
they can do will work. To get a solid vote that would be acceptable
to the nation, they would like to set standards for manual counting
and send the case back to Florida in hopes that the count will come
out in Bush's favor, making him legitimate in the eyes of many. (Not
us.) The problem there is that 33 states used the same standard of
no one standard in these very same presidential elections. Based
upon the court's decision, either Bush or Gore could then demand
recounts in any of those states that had a close vote. Now, THAT
would create real chaos. The other alternative, however, is simply
to give the election to Bush in a clearly political split decision
by making some legal incantations over the political pot and
accepting that the court's credibility would be pretty much
destroyed for a generation or two. What most of the justices would
like to do at this point, We're sure, is to get rid of Scalia and
say, "Oops, we made a mistake in taking this case. Sorry. Forget it.
Go on about your business. Never mind." But the real scenario is
that the court will either come up with a conciliatory decision that
we haven't thought of or it will give in to Scalia's intellectual
arrogance and raw political ambitions. Our guess is the earlier the
decision is announced, the more likely it will be the latter.
--Politex, 12/12/00


And note this, too, NY Times via BushWatch:

Job of Thomas's Wife Raises Conflict-of-Interest Questions

"The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said today that
she was working at a conservative research group gathering résumés
for appointments in a possible Bush administration but that she saw
no conflict between her job and her husband's deliberations on a
case that could decide the presidency. The comments from the
justice's wife, Virginia Lamp Thomas, a former Republican
Congressional aide, came as a federal judge in Nashville said
Justice Thomas faced a serious conflict of interest as a result of
his wife's work for the Heritage Foundation. The foundation has
close ties to the Republican Party and would probably have a say in
the hiring of key government officials if Gov. George W. Bush
assumed the presidency. In e-mail distributed on Capitol Hill
earlier this month, Mrs. Thomas solicited résumés "for transition
purposes" from the government oversight committees of Congress. "The
spouse has obviously got a substantial interest that could be
affected by the outcome," [federal appellate judge, Gilbert S.
Merritt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit]
said in an interview from his home in Nashville. "You should
disqualify yourself. I think he'd be subject to some kind of
investigation in the Senate." ...He urged Justice Thomas to remove
himself from the case in order to prevent any violation of a federal
law ‹ he cited Section 455 of Title 28 of the United States Code,
"Disqualification of Justices, Judges or Magistrates" ‹ that
requires court officers to excuse themselves if a spouse has "an
interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the
proceeding."--New York Times, 12/12/00
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Not only would Bush be an illegitimate president,
but it is growing more and more obvious that an illegitimate U.S. Supreme
Court is trying to make it so.


"First we learned that Rehnquist's lawyer son is helping defend
Microsoft against private antitrust lawsuits and the judge participated
in a key Supreme Court vote in a Microsoft antitrust case.  Federal
law says judges should disqualify themselves from cases in which their
wife or child is known to have "an interest that could be substantially
affected by the outcome of the proceeding." Then we learn that two Scalia
lawyer sons work in law firms defending Bush in the U.S. Supreme Court. 
Now we learn that Thomas is guilty of the same infraction.  To date,
neither Thomas nor Scalia have recused themselves from the Bush case, even
though they have already made decisions severely damaging to Gore. 
While it seems we can't force them to do the right thing and recuse themselves,
even though they appear to be breaking federal law, we can sure shout "illegitimate"
to the skies.  This has now gone beyond the credibility of the U.S.
Supreme Court.  We're now into questions of the legality of the U.S.
Supreme Court."   -
Politex, 12/12/00

 
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