Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SCOTUS Keeps The Death Card Available!

The current justices in the Supreme Court.

By appointment.

Associate Justice Anton Scalia - Ronald Reagan (Conservative)
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy - Ronald Reagan (Conservative/Libertarian)
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas - George H.W.Bush (Conservative)
Associate Justice Steven Breyer - Bill Clinton (Liberal)
Associate Justice Ruth Bider Ginsburg - Bill Clinton (Liberal)
Associate Justice Samuel Alto - George W. Bush (Conservative)
Chief Justice John Roberts - George W. Bush (Conservative)
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor - Barack Obama (Liberal)
Associate Justice Elena Kagan - Barack Obama (Liberal)

Try to keep up with the score. Conservatives are seriously upset with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy. They sided with the liberal wing of the court in regards to Obamacare.

Kennedy strung conservatives even harder by siding with the liberal wing of the court in allowing equal marriage in the United States. So it doesn't matter whether you're straight or gay, you have a right to marry. Marriage is legal in the United States. Conservatives are calling for impeachment and are urging state clerks to deny marriage licenses based on religious beliefs.

King v. Burwell ruling saves the Obamacare (Affordable Care Act). If it ruled in the conservatives favor, over 30 million signed up to the healthcare mandates subsides could be eliminated. That means each state is required to set up state exchanges regardless of political views.

Obergefell v. Hodges ruling is a landmark decision. Jim Obergefell lost his husband to ALS. He wanted to be placed as spouse on the death certificate. He and his husband John Arthur were married in Maryland. They resided in Cincinnati. When John died, Ohio refused to acknowledged the legal marriage. Jim took it to court and won. The court ruled that equal rights are extended to marriage.

On the bright side, conservatives win on rulings that involves the mandatory sentencing, the overreach of the EPA and the death penalty.

Michigan v. EPA - The court ruled that President Barack Obama's executive orders were unconstitutional.

Ohio v. Clark - The court ruled that sentencing for gun crimes under statures that carry heavy time in the iron college were constitutional.

Clayton Lockett
Glossip v. Gross - The cocktail given in the gas house isn't cruel and unusual punishment.

Conservatives win handily on these issues when it comes to gun rights, environmental regulations and the pills for death.

The Glossip v. Gross case involved the death penalty cocktail that was being injected into the condemned. An Oklahoma man was given the gas house. Clayton Lockett was given the lethal load and it didn't work. It was administered by the Oklahoma guards.

Lockett got the cocktail but it wasn't working. He told the warden that he's feeling pain. He was cussing that this "shit was burning"!

It took over 45 minutes before he would pass away. Many advocates believe that it was cruel for him to suffer.

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision believe that despite this horrible tragedy, the states that advocate the gas house are allowed to use the death cocktail.

On the other hand, the liberal wing won the ruling on Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Comm'n. This ruling could impact states that have gerrymandered districts that are based on political swing. That means if a district is relatively swing, the party in power must compromise on where the district lines go. Basically it may be up to voters to establish independent commissions to draw the congressional lines in the 2020 U.S. Census.

Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., ruling is significant. Even if there's a trace of discrimination in housing loans, leasing and properties, the individual can file a writ of consent.

Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans ruling advocates that governments aren't entitled to enshrine opinionated plates. That means that some states that issue Confederate flag plates are no longer allowed to promote private thought over government speech.

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