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May 5, 2007

Bush vows to Veto Hate Crimes Bill

There's an article on his threat here and a second here.

The bill -- I think in the form it passed the house -- is here.

It punishes those who cause bodily injury if, for example, they do so "because of" race, gender, sexual identity, religion and so on.

I'm not sure what I think of it, except that I do find those crimes more morally culpable, but am not sure existing laws wouldn't allow that sort of evidence in, and to be considered, by a jury (no criminal experience at all here).

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CJ Roberts: Blame Congress for our Declining Caseload

Usually you hear politicians blasting judges for activism; now, CJ Roberts blasted Congress for not being activist enough.

Well, sort of.

What he really said was that one of the three key reasons why the Supreme Court's case load is declining is because Congress hasn't enacted much meaningful legislation in two or three decades.

You can read the full story about his remarks to the Alaska Bar Association here.

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Resource Links Coming

Hi, all. I spent a good part of this week finding resources concerning statutory interpretation, and putting them into a useful form. With any luck, they'll post them soon on the side bar.

If you know of more than what shows up there, let me know. The more complete, the better.

Now back to regular programming. I've got a backlog to get through.

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