If you can’t beat ’em, threaten to change them. That’s the message from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D- RI). He and a few colleagues sent an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court. It says, drop that gun case you accepted or else.
The ‘gun case’ is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York. It challenges a since amended NYC law that placed heavy restrictions on carrying or transporting firearms in the City. Accepted by SCOTUS in January, a ruling against the state would have a wide-ranging impact on anti-gun law across the nation.
Rolling them back.
The City says, hey, we changed it, let it go.
In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, which the court accepted in January, the city and state of New York appear to agree. They have essentially surrendered, changing the restrictions at issue even though the city successfully defended them before a district judge and a federal appeals court.
The court can still hear the case it accepted, to which I added,
Wouldn’t it be inspiring if, for once, someone “talked to” a Justice and convinced them to do something conservative instead of liberal? Could that even happen? Don’t you wish it would?
I’m not sure if that has happened, but we know that the opposite tactic is in play. Democrats, led by Sheldon Whitehouse, are threatening the US Supreme Court.
After a lot of words, because Politicians are like that, we get this,
The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be “restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.” Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.
Talk about rich. The only reason Whitehouse et al., have any interest in exercising congressional power to change the courts, which they have, is politics. The loss of it, over the judges appointed and confirmed.
If you don’t interpret the Constitution the way we say, we’re going to use our power to change you until you do.
You can’t get much more political than that.
I think that was all unnecessary. Roberts, as reported previously, has already set a precedent for dropping cases under these exact circumstances. But what now? Does the Chief Justice see this as more reason to do what we expected (argue for dropping the case), or will he accept the challenge?
Has Whitehouse, through his hubris, flipped the court toward leaving the case on the docket when they might have let slide? Will the Justices see this attack as precisely what it is? A political intimidation tactic to skew the Judicial power.
I can even see a few liberal-leaning Justices not caring much for that. They’ve got their pride too, and their branch of government. With ‘powers’ they are meant to guard jealously.
The Legislative branch is terrible at that. Could the Judicial Branch attempt to be any better?