Friday, March 23, 2012
- The Judge Not The Law
I was at the range a few weeks ago with an attorney friend and between stations we were chatting about this and that. He is of the stated opinion (state right here on this blog in fact) that the Obamacare case which is about to be heard, is arguably the most important case in... I don't want to misquote him... I'm sure he'll speak up for himself. But he more or less said that it's a Super BIG deal - the Thunderdome of legal battles. (We were actually talking about NJ gun law when it came up.)
Knowing next to nothing about the practice of law, all I had to offer in response was a quip which I ripped off from Roy Cohn, the Machiavellian attorney involved in Joseph McCarthy's investigations into communist activity:
“I don't want to know what the law is, I want to know who the judge is.” he's credited as saying. That's how NJ law seems to be to me, and I don't think the the Federal courts are much different.
Charles Krauthammer seems to agree with me. He seems to think that Obamacare will be a 5-4 decision, and that it will inevitably depend on what side of the bed justice Kennedy gets out on. But being who he is, in the process he makes a number of excellent points of logic - as if anyone cares about that sort of thing.
They're fun to read anyway.