Monday, March 20, 2006

Separation of Powers II

Close on the heels of Sandra Day O'Connor's speech warning about the implications of right-wing sniping at the US federal judiciary, comes this revelation from Justice Ginsberg that both she and O'Connor have received death threats in response to their occasional citation of foreign laws or rulings in interpreting US constitutional law. There is a Republican angle here too - Ginsberg suggests that the threats (posted on some unnamed website) might have been prompted by the introduction of Republican-sponsored bills in Congress seeking to prohibit the citation of foreign law in US judicial decisions. (Both judges appear pretty wary of speaking out - Ginsberg made her remarks in far away friendly South Africa, and O'Connor in the relative obscurity of a gathering not covered by the press. If judges can't speak fearlessly...)

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