Sunday, March 11, 2007

Abolish 9th Circuit

From The Gazette

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, called for replacing the judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in an appearance on Focus on the Family’s daily radio program Thursday.

“The Ninth Circuit is so consistently wrong, it is so consistently radical, it is such a violation of the spirit of American history, that we’d be better off if we simply abolished it,” he told the program’s host, James Dobson.

Gingrich advocated reconstituting the court with different judges. Because federal judges are appointed for life, such a move would require impeachment of the Ninth Circuit judges.

The Ninth Circuit has long rankled conservatives with its controversial rulings, which include declaring unconstitutional the addition of the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.

During the program, Dobson cited another decision that he said allows public schools to “operate independently” of parents.

“That’s the kind of stuff this crazy court does, isn’t it?” Dobson said.

“This would be a completely reasonable court in France,” Gingrich said. “It makes no sense as a court in the United States.” More....

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