A correspondent in New York writes with a link to a story in yesterday's paper about the death threats Ruth Bader Ginsburg and even Sandra Day O'Connor have received from certain people on the "irrational fringe" of political society. Apparently, my recent post about Ginsburg sleeping through arguments before the Supreme Court makes me part of that fringe. Hmmm...
Says the Associated Press:
Ginsburg revealed in a speech in South Africa last month that she and O'Connor were threatened a year ago by someone who called on the Internet for the immediate "patriotic" killing of the justices.I don't advocate the assassination of any Supreme Court Justice and it's irresponsible of my correspondent to suggest that I am somehow responsible for death threats made anonymously on the Internet.
I stand behind everything I write with my own name, see.
In fact, if you Google up my name and John Cornyn's, the first match you see is me criticizing the Senator for his ignorant remarks about the threats against judges during the Schiavo Embarrassment last April.
Anyway, what's most interesting about Ginsburg's claim is where she made it: during a speech in South Africa. And what was the speech about? About how important it is that American courts incorporate the rulings of other nations' courts in their decisions.
She and Breyer are very big on this for some reason. Scalia is definitely opposed.
I don't see why we ought to internationalize our jurisprudence system. It may be that the global economy and the increasingly borderless world is taking us to that point, but I think it should be resisted. For Ginsburg and Breyer, the introduction of foreign law into our own courts' decisions is another means of undermining certain of our sentencing practices by the example of effete, quasi-socialist Old Europe; viz., capital punishment.
Never trust someone who can't see the moral right in executing evil criminals.