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The Supreme Court & Running Dogs…

Attorney Kenneth Cockrel Sr., whom I occasionally worked with as a political activist and Criminal Defense Investigator (CDI), once called a Detroit judge—publicly, on TV—“a lawless, racist, rogue bandit, thief, pirate, honky dog fool.”  Little’s changed…

The Gang of Five...

Cockrel went on to be elected to the Detroit Common Council and would have become mayor had he not died at 50 of a heart attack in 1989.  (In fact, his son did briefly become mayor.)
Speaking of running dogs, the US Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the overcrowded prison system in California violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

The state was directed to reduce their mass prison population by more than 30,000.  They have more than 140,000 prisoners.  As far as it goes, this is an order long-overdue.

These class-action lawsuits started back in 1990 when I started my own federal bit.  It took all this time, as the system continued to get worse, for the Court to get around to a decision.
The California prison system is a gladiatorial pit.  Medical and mental services are virtually non-existent.  California has one the highest homicide and suicide rates in the world.  It’s created and nurtured that way.

Four of the raging racist dogs of the Supreme Court’s Gang of Five—Roberts, Alito, Scalia and Thomas—voted against the ruling as is their usual form.

Justice Kennedy broke with them this one time, too disgusted to carry their bile on this run.
He wrote, “A prison that deprives prisoners of basic sustenance…is incompatible with the concept of human dignity and has no place in civilized society.”

The great irony of all this is that major crime across all categories is at the lowest rate that it’s been in over 40 years.
Some argue that it’s because of the incarceration rate.  But the rate was falling before the prison rate began to climb.  The vast majority of prisoners are composed of the War on Drugs and other consensual “crimes.”

Nevertheless, even when the Court does rule in a rational, constitutional manner, they still stick it to prisoners.  The Court gave the state two years to comply with this order, and they can ask for more time.

In addition to possible releases, the state can comply by using any combination of new prison construction, transfers out of state (including private prisons), and county facilities.

In other words, despite the fact that there are more than enough prisoners who are otherwise eligible for early release (substantially served time, excellent conduct, first-offense, non-violent, etc.), they give the state a pass to keep the prison-industry-complex numbers at max.

Another recent Supreme Court decision—this one striking right at the heart of what might be left of free America–is a resounding reactionary one (8-1).

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On May 16th, 2011, they ruled in Kentucky v. King that the police can knock on your door without a warrant, and if they hear anything they can then bust in.

In what passes for Supreme Court logic these days, Alito commented, “When law enforcement officers who are not armed with a warrant knock on a door, they do no more than any private citizen may do. A resident need not respond,” added Alito , “but the sounds of people moving and perhaps toilets being flushed could justify police entering without a warrant.”

Really?  What planet does this Barking Bitch live on?
Only Justice Ginsburg had the cajones to accurately describe that decision as, “paving the way to a police state.”  Of course, for us in the system, that’s precisely what it already is.  For the rest of America:  Welcome to our world.
As I’m sure my friend Kenny would say, their just ain’t no shortage of these running dog fools…

Dr. Publico

Category: Corporatism, SupremeCt
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