Monday, October 16, 2006

Double Standard

Edith Jones investigates a bankruptcy judge for writing a letter to
NPR about Bush's policies:

"A local federal judge's radio show diatribe about tactics in the war
on terrorism is turning into a test of what members of the judiciary
can say when they sound off publicly.
Venting in an e-mail to National Public Radio, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
Leif M. Clark last week denounced the recently passed legislation that
limits the rights of terror suspects to challenge their detentions and
see certain evidence against them.

"These are the tactics of the old Soviet Union, not of a country that
stands for freedom and the rule of law," Clark, responding to a NPR
discussion of the legislation, opined in the message that was posted in
full on the network's Web site and read aloud Thursday on Morning

The result: Clark's e-mail now is under review by the chief judge of
the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the tribunal that disciplines federal
judicial misconduct in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi."


"Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Edith H. Jones said that while no one has
formally complained about Clark's e-mail, she has the authority to
initiate a disciplinary review. Given current political concerns about
judicial discipline, she added, it was her responsibility to consider
the matter seriously.

Even so, Jones stressed she hasn't yet made up her mind. Clark's
comments "may or may not be a violation of anything," she said."

In other news, Richard Posner writes a friggin' book defending the
suspension of civil rights in times of "national emergency."

No double standard at work here, right?

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