Monday, March 13, 2006

Separation of powers

Former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor warns that right-wing Republican sniping at the judiciary portends a slide into dictatorship. Only one journalist was present at the event (an address to a bunch of corporate lawyers at Georgetown) - see here for her report. (Most reader comments say this is too little too late from one of the Republican appointees who infamously ordered the Florida state election authorities to stop a recount in that fateful election of November 2000.) Amazingly, none of this has made it to the NYT.

In other separation of powers news, watch South Dakota's abortion law (too lazy to blog). What is the best way for pro-choice advocates to proceed? A challenge in the Supreme Court (with all the risks that entails) or collecting enough signatures for a state-wide referendum?

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