Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Still more stuff Toby Katz knows nothing about (part II)

Like Bush v. Gore

It was the Florida Supreme Court, attempting to throw the election to Al Gore, that made a blatantly political decision...

cough... Katherine Harris... cough

The US Supreme Court merely upheld Florida’s law and determined that the Florida Supreme Court had overstepped its bounds. Several US Supreme Court Justices who are generally considered to be on the liberal side of the spectrum concurred in that opinion.

Wrong in every essential way. So wrong, in fact, it's almost funny.

In Bush v. Gore, Bush made two different claims, and asked for one remedy. The court voted on all three items.

The first claim, that "different standards of counting in different areas without a single overseer violated equal protection," had absolutely nothing to do with the Florida court "overstepping." This is the claim that was approved 7-2, with the liberals concuring.

The second claim, the claim that the Florida Court had "overstepped" by creating a new law was rejected by SIX of the nine justices, with (surprise!) only Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas in support.

The third point, the remedy of ceasing all recounts, was approved by 5 to 4. (Kennedy, O'Connor, Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas in support; Breyer, Ginsburg, Souter and Stevens opposed)

I know because I live in Florida and I get the Herald, and I read that entire report.

Amazing! Despite living in Florida and reading the entire report, Toby manages to cite only one of the three issues, and she gets the outcome completely wrong. Quite an impressive performance!

Incidently, discovering Toby's errors took...let's see, carry the the three....um, five seconds. And no reading of reports required! Thanks Wikipedia!