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The Texas Two-Step
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In a Washington Post article about the possible restriction or death of the Voting Rights Act, the author said, "...memos written by Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. from his days as a young aide in Ronald Reagan's Justice Department. Those memos revealed that Roberts forcefully advocated a policy that would shorten the law's reach. The policy sought to bar only voting rules that discriminated intentionally, as opposed to barring rules that have a discriminatory effect."

This is the kind of lawyer two-step that has gutted so many good laws. A kind of nit-picking jesuitical restringing of the words ("I only hurt him; I didn't harm him"), that completely obviates the intent of the law and allows reinterpretation that runs contrary to the original purpose.

Do we need another sophist on the Supreme Court? Bush country is rife with them now--just check out the Rove apologists.

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