« Sichuan | Main | Liberals DO hate the troops, and we can prove it »

Supreme Court Update

It was a busy Monday in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Click the "Continue reading" bar if you're interested in the latest rulings: (1) a case dealing with that terrorist plot to attack the L.A. Airport during the millennial celebration in 1999-2000, (2) a case dealing with child pornography laws, (3) a case dealing with municipal bonds, interstate commerce and taxation exemptions, (4) a case dealing with federal criminal laws, recidivist offenders and sentencing decisions.

The Millennial Bomber Case

What the Court did: Reversing the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court gave a pro-law enforcement reading to a federal statute that provides for extended prison terms for those who carry explosives with them during the commission of other felonies. The case involved an Algerian national who lied to Customs agents while crossing the border in December 1999, with explosives hidden on his person, and later was convicted by jury of conspiring to detonate bombs at L.A. International Airport and thereby to engage in terrorism.

Those who support the decision: Law enforcement agents. Federal prosecutors. National security advocates. Republicans.

Those who are upset about the decision: Terrorists. The ACLU and other anti-American leftist groups. Left-wing Democrats.

* * *
The Child Pornography Law Case

What the Court did: The Court, in a 7-2 decision, upheld the 2003 PROTECT Act, which criminalizes the promotion of child pornography.

Those who support the decision: Law enforcement agents. Criminal prosecutors. Child victims advocates. Law enforcement hawks. Separation of powers advocates. Anti-judicial activism advocates. Republicans.

Those who are upset about the decision: Pedophiles. Child predators. The ACLU and other left-wing groups. Criminal defense lawyers. Left-wing Democrats.

* * *
The Municipal Bond Taxation Case

What the Court did: Reversing an activist decision by Kentucky's highest court, the Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, upheld the long-standing system of taxation and tax exemptions for municipal bonds, which dates back to 1919 and under which 42 states impose state income taxes on interest derived from sister state bonds but provide blanket state tax exemptions for interest paid to residents by their own state's bonds.

Those who support the decision: Municipal bond market participants. Federalism/states' rights advocates. State finance groups. Separation of powers advocates. Anti-judicial activism advocates. Pragmatic business and commerce groups.

Those who are upset about the decision: Well, if you actually can get upset about a 7-2 decision involving municipal bonds, then you probably have anger management issues that go above and beyond politics and business.

* * *
The California Recidivist Criminal Case

What the Court did: Reversing the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3, in connection with recidivist criminals, that federal judges can take into account enhanced state law sentences in determining whether to impose enhanced federal sentences under the Armed Career Criminal Act.

Those who support the decision: Law enforcement agents. Criminal prosecutors. Law enforcement hawks. Separation of powers advocates. Anti-judicial activism advocates. Republicans.

Those who are upset about the decision: Recidivist criminals. The ACLU and other left-wing groups. Criminal defense lawyers. Left-wing Democrats.


TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/29764.

Comments (6)

Interesting. No 5-4 decisi... (Below threshold)

Interesting. No 5-4 decisions. It seemed like everything was being decided 5-4 for a while, but this appears to be exactly what Roberts wanted his court to look like. He seems to be getting more concensus.

Jason, any word on if some of that is the case?

SCOTUS could make a career ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan Author Profile Page:

SCOTUS could make a career out of overturning the 9th Circus Court.

I am anxiously waiting as t... (Below threshold)
Stan25:

I am anxiously waiting as to what the Court has ruled on the DC gun ban. If they rule in favor of the Gun Rights people, there will be a wail loud enough to be heard in Europe by the left wing gun grabbers, in this country and around the world.

is it just me, or does it s... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

is it just me, or does it seem like upholding the Constitution typically upsets the 9th Circuit, libbies, ACLU, and criminal defense lawyers, and criminals, but I repeat myself?

Reversing an activ... (Below threshold)
jpe:
Reversing an activist decision by Kentucky's highest court
Activist? I assume this is subtle, and weird, humor. You'll note that Alito and Kennedy agreed with the *cough* activist KY court.

FWIW, I think you have it backwards: I haven't read the decision yet, but I'd be shocked if the lead opinion weren't all policy and the dissent all about nuts & bolts commerce clause jurisprudence.

(on reading the opinion, or... (Below threshold)
jpe:

(on reading the opinion, or most of it, I see where the activist thing comes from.)




Advertisements









rightads.gif

beltwaybloggers.gif

insiderslogo.jpg

mba_blue.gif

Follow Wizbang

Follow Wizbang on FacebookFollow Wizbang on TwitterSubscribe to Wizbang feedWizbang Mobile

Contact

Send e-mail tips to us:

[email protected]

Fresh Links

Credits

Section Editor: Maggie Whitton

Editors: Jay Tea, Lorie Byrd, Kim Priestap, DJ Drummond, Michael Laprarie, Baron Von Ottomatic, Shawn Mallow, Rick, Dan Karipides, Michael Avitablile, Charlie Quidnunc, Steve Schippert

Emeritus: Paul, Mary Katherine Ham, Jim Addison, Alexander K. McClure, Cassy Fiano, Bill Jempty, John Stansbury, Rob Port

In Memorium: HughS

All original content copyright © 2003-2010 by Wizbang®, LLC. All rights reserved. Wizbang® is a registered service mark.

Powered by Movable Type Pro 4.361

Hosting by ServInt

Ratings on this site are powered by the Ajax Ratings Pro plugin for Movable Type.

Search on this site is powered by the FastSearch plugin for Movable Type.

Blogrolls on this site are powered by the MT-Blogroll.

Temporary site design is based on Cutline and Cutline for MT. Graphics by Apothegm Designs.

Author Login



Terms Of Service

DCMA Compliance Notice

Privacy Policy