November 30, 2017

Here’s welcome news that, as currently composed, the U.S. Supreme Court is more interested in correct legislative procedure than in making law on its own.

After a lower court ruled that Mississippi lawyer Carlos Moore didn’t have standing to sue over the “official endorsement of white supremacy” he thinks is conveyed by the state flag --- it includes the Confederate symbol in its design, and has since the late 1800s --- the Supreme Court similarly rejected the case. They didn’t release a comment with their decision, but Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant made the point that any change in the flag should be done through statewide vote, as opposed to judges. He said he wouldn’t be calling the legislature in for a special session over the issue, noting that the people of Mississippi had voted in 2001 to keep the flag as-is.

There’s more at the link, but I should mention that the headline, “SCOTUS Makes Heroic Stand For Southern History, Defends Flag,” isn’t quite accurate. They didn’t, strictly speaking, defend the flag. They aren’t there to defend the flag. They are there to defend the LAW, which is represented by the flag and by that blindfolded lady with the scales. And that’s just what they did.


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