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Justice Kagan recuses herself from multiple cases

Related story: Kagan's conflicts will keep her from ruling on many cases.

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By Ann Telnaes  | October 3, 2010; 10:57 PM ET
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28 USC 455 deals with recusals of judges (shall) in any case in which even the appearance of conflict of interest or bias would reasonably undermine public confidence in the objectivity and impartiality of the judiciary. How about Scalia in Bush v Gore whose own son was working on the case and for the very law firm before him? how about Thomas whose own wife worked for the Bush transition committee and was vetting candidates for after a Bush victory? how about Sandra Day O.Connor who, at a party after the election, declared that she did not want Gore to win as she wanted to retire and did not want her replacement on The Court to be appointed by a Democrat?

These judges are nothing more than political hacks dressed up in robes and there is simply nothing "majestic" or "awe-inspiring" in the judges and in the court architecture/theater and protocols designed to give the aura of some kind of majestic and transcendent authority above all the normal petty stuff of politics.

Posted by: jcraven | October 5, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I am sure that there are many cases in the US that should be heard by the Supreme Court that deals with blatant obstruction of an individuals rights guaranteed by our Constitution. But that would prevent Big Brother from interfering with our personal and professional lives. If these individuals truly sit on that court to serve and protect our Constitutional rights they would seek out these cases for themselves to review. Instead they have become nothing more than an illusion or holographic display that appears to be Democracy at work. There salaries are probably the biggest waste of money because of how our government truly operates and an individual who wears a robe and is powerless to enforce their decisions are of little value. The Executive Branch maintains and excercises all the power. The President has been able to pass ever initative, including wars, all rubber stamped by Congress for way too many generations. The American citizen has dear price for all othis for way too long. All the CHECKS and BALANCES guaranteed by the Constitution seems to have become obsolete. This is exactly how the Roman Empire failed.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | October 4, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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