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Monday, December 11, 2006
SCOTUS Shocks The 9th Circus
by Cordeiro
I'm usually not much for the details of the cases decided by the Supreme Court. Most legal briefs are anything but, and the final opinions take longer to decipher than they did to write.

Having said that, I do know that one of the wackiest enclaves in the federal court system is the 9th Circus Court of Appeals based in San Francisco. Yes, they're the ones who see fit to give Michael Newdow a platform from which to attack such dangerous American traditions as the Pledge of Allegiance.

Needless to say, the 9th Circus is the most reversed of all the federal appeals courts. Nobody is really sure, but it is rumored the howls of laughter caused by cases appealed from the 9th Circus are greater than anything ever produced by Letterman or Leno (not Carson).

Well, today SCOTUS overturned the 9th Circus' ruling which vacated the 1994 murder conviction of Mathew Musladin. What reason did the 9th Circus cite for overturning this murder conviction? The victim's family wore buttons with the victim's picture on it during the trial.

Yes, dear reader, that was the only reason the conviction was overturned.

The SCOTUS ruling wasn't even close - 9 - 0. That's the black robed equivalent of an Atomic Piledriver from the top ropes.

That's gonna leave a mark.

Here endeth the lesson.
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