Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Cause and Effect Claim

Sen John Cornyn (R-TX) linked recent violence against judges to public opinion against "activist judges." Speaking to a nearly empty Senate chamber, Sen Cornyn made reference to court related violence and said:

" I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters, on some occasions, where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in, engage in violence."

There have been a couple of recent instances where an escaped jail inmate killed three people in an Atlanta courtroom and the murder of a federal judge's husband and mother in Chicago. But both instances were personal -- not political -- grudges.

Sen Cronyn was talking about a US Supreme Court ruling that declared unconstitutional executions of people under the age of 18. Liberal critics have compared Sen Cronyn's comments to some Rep Tom DeLay (R-TX) made in the wake of the Terri Schiavo case. Rep DeLay said that judges who refused to block the removal of her feeding tube would "answer for their behavior." (WashPost)

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