John Mortimer

‘The California Supreme Court has just committed suicide’

SOUNDBITES — “As a practical matter the California Supreme Court has just committed suicide. In America an ‘independent judiciary’ is the only protection minorities have against majority tyranny, against violation or denial of their ‘fundamental’ civil rights. As a practical matter there is no longer any such thing as an ‘independent judiciary’ in California. From here on if the mob (statistically one of the most uneducated in America) does not like any Supreme Court decision that protects minority rights the tyrannous majority can eviscerate that ruling and enact it’s prejudice into law. The Supreme Court of California has just given religious bigots carte blanc to castrate the court and make a mockery of any notion of an independent judiciary which is now dead-in-the-water in California.” [Salon]