Thursday, June 01, 2006


Burning Down the House

Alabama Justice Tom Parker, who is running for chief justice, apparently believes "State supreme court judges should not follow obviously wrong decisions simply because they are `precedents.'"

Parker is a former aide to Roy Moore who was ousted as Alabama's chief justice in 2003 for refusing to obey a federal judge's order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the state courthouse.

In January Parker wrote an opinion piece that asserts state judges should refuse to follow U.S. Supreme Court precedents they believe to be erroneous.

According to the Associated Press, three other GOP candidates in Tuesday's primary have made nearly identical arguments.

The Constitution says federal law trumps state laws but, hey, it's just a piece of paper, right?


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