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Will You Answer What Congress Won't? The Top 20 Questions pt 9

Back in late 2004 and early 2005, I sent emails, faxes, and letters to every member of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. In it, I asked them for their answer to a set of twenty questions which the readers of Polipundit wanted asked. The text of the letter was posted here.

52 Readers in 38 states joined the effort, asking their district Representatives and Senators to answer the questions. Response from our elected Representatives and Senators was poor, predictably so. Most Congressmen and Senators simply ignored the letters, emails and faxes. In the end, only seventeen answered with any degree of substance, and not one answered more than two questions.

I was looking at the set of questions this week, and you know, they still look like good questions to me, so I am going to ask you for your opinion on them. This will take a while, since I am putting up one question for each post, but please give this your serious consideration. And folks, this is not about politics or smacking down the other side; this is an opportunity to explore the issues of substance for our country. Sad that Congress was not up to it, but maybe we can get the conversation going. Thanks in advance.


9. What are the limits to judicial authority?


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IANAL. There, that being s... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

IANAL. There, that being said.

The judiciary is supposed to rule on constitutionality of the law, and to provide based upon that law. There are specifically held to not create law.

Their limits are whatever I... (Below threshold)
Hillary Clinton:

Their limits are whatever I say they are.

I suppose that a judge is e... (Below threshold)

I suppose that a judge is entitled to order any remedy that is lawful to a particular case including unique conditions of probation, such as no alcohol or a ban on hanging around places where drugs may be used or distributed, or preventing child sex offenders from contact with kids. Unless specific law prohibits a judge from imposing a certain remedy, a judge is probably relatively free to impose unique remedies.

DJ, thanks again for your very kind gesture last week after my mother died on Monday. My dog was so depressed at the loss of both parents, that he died of a sudden heart attack on Thurday as a result. Losing both parents and my dog in just three months has been real tough for me. It's just me and the cats right now.

I'm sorry to hear about you... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I'm sorry to hear about your dog, Paul. If you are able, spending time with friends could be a help. And I'm glad to be able to help in some way; regardless of political differences, we're a kind of extended family in the Blogosphere, and it matters that we remember we are all real people here.

DJ, thanks again for the ki... (Below threshold)

DJ, thanks again for the kind support. I guess the dog was so close to the parents, in that he slept with them like a little child everyday when they were well, then ailing, that he was so heartbroken that he couldn't go on any longer and figured that his service was done here.

Dogs are funny. They're sort of a child on one level, but also a little soldier on the other hand, meant to guard us. He must have figured out when the parents are carried out in bodybags by men that they don't come back again. He understood that much, and he couldn't stand it and it broke his little heart.




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