Why Judiciary Must Be Defended? Dr. Michael L. Ford 1 July 2005 It was with interest, and considerable misgivings that I watched the news televise the swearing in of Georgia Chief Justice Leah Sears last Tuesday. In her speech she spoke of defending the judiciary. Later when I read the commentary in the papers about that speech, I realized the reporters put a different slant on what she said than what I heard out of her mouth. What else is new in journalism today? Apparently she had either listened to or read what Justice Kennedy had said to the Florida Bar Association the previous Friday and put her own amen to it. The Associated Press had titled Kennedy’s remarks “Lawyers must defend judiciary from attacks.” His words were actually very like Sears who said "We must resist all temptations to intimidate judges or to otherwise ask them to answer for the hard decisions they are being required to make." In other words both voiced an opinion that they should be above the law, the Constitution, and accountability for how they carry out their responsibilities. Kennedy called criticism of court decisions “worrisome.” Since the high court has decided the Constitution means nothing except what they say at the moment; citizens have no property rights except to pay taxes; protesting the murder of the unborn is equivalent to organized crime; judges can order the starvation of the disabled; and, the fundamental principles and belief this nation was founded upon must now be exiled from public life, he has cause to consider the recognition of their evil actions “worrisome.” People have a fundamental understanding of the truth of the words of Joseph Story "And it is no less true, that personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice." (Commentaries on the Constitution (1833). The closing actions of this session of the nations highest court has succeeded in undermining confidence American citizens should be able to have in their courts of justice. Thus, those who have acted to undermine the security of the citizenry have cause to fear the groundswell of criticism that recognizes that there can be no trusting in American courts for justice. Call the courts’ acts what they are…treason.
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