Judge of the Millennium Wade McCree has a special place in the hearts of ATL’s writers. The former Wayne County circuit judge had a penchant for disrobing for shirtless selfies and sex in his chambers, and was consequently disrobed by the Michigan Supreme Court.
An update on the Dan Brewington case where an Indiana Appellate court tramples someone’s free speech rights.
Indiana Appellate Judge John G. Baker: “It was Judge Ezra H. Friedlander who filed the Anonymous Decision in Brewington Divorce Appeal.”
Imagine if Justice Breyer or Justice Scalia could muzzle people criticizing them? It would be an outrage. And yet, power-hungry, circle-the-wagons Judges in Indiana are muzzling people. It is sickening in the United States that this could occur. It sounds Banana-Republic-esque. Perhaps that describes the Indiana Judiciary. In Court.com’s opinion, they should be ashamed of themselves.
Eugene Volokh updates the tale of the Indiana Court System ignoring the First Amendment:
Last months I blogged about State v. Brewington, an Indiana Court of Appeals decisions that I thought was inconsistent with the First Amendment. I’m pleased to say that today (with the help of local counsel Jim Bopp and Justin McAdam) I filed a pro bonoamicus brief urging the Indiana Supreme Court to consider the case.
Volokh points out in the amicus brief, their reading of the law suggests that prosecution is appropriate in situations like these:
1. a columnist’s writing, “Legislator A’s vote on issue B is ridiculous, and I intend to ridicule him until his constituents view him with contempt”;
2. an advocacy group’s picketing a store with signs saying, “The store owner’s decision to stock product C is disgraceful, and we hope our speech will expose the owner to disgrace and ostracism”;
3. a politician’s saying, “The incumbent’s decision D is so foolish that, once I publicize it, the incumbent will be the laughingstock of the state.”
Talk about some crazy rulings from these Judges in Indiana. The Court system in Indiana seems to be circling the wagons to protect their own.
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life” (Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 2001 and others)
Biased justice is an oxymoron. Sotomayor is apparently just a moron. One should not support someone merely because of their heritage, but their character. This is the reverse of Martin Luther King.