Thursday, May 19, 2005


Fantasy Confronts Reality

"(O)ur legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change," House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said following the Schiavo case. "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior."

"The gradual erosion of the consensus that's held our country together is probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings," says Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition and head of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

"The actions on the part of the Florida court and the U.S. Supreme U.S. Supreme Court are unconscionable," says Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

"Fostering disrespect for judges can only encourage those that are on the edge, or on the fringe, to exact revenge," Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow, a federal judge whose husband and mother were slain by a disgruntled litigant, told lawmakers yesterday. One way congress could protect judges, Judge Lefkow said, would be to condemn judge-bashing remarks by commentators and colleagues.


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