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Friday, May 07, 2010

Scott Brown Watch: Terrorism

When Glenn Beck and John Boehner agree your anti-terrorism bill is unconstitutional, I'd say you have a rather significant drafting error.

That hasn't stopped Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown from shifting his laser-like focus on Massachusetts to walking the GOP talking points and trying to make hay off the attempted Times Square bombing. Brown took to the podium with Connecticut's Joe Lieberman in what was no doubt an attempt to promote bipartisan independence.

But the former Connecticut attorney general and the National Guard JAG lawyer would have been better advised to spend a little more time in the law library.
“Citizenship is a cherished right and we can’t have Congress deciding at the spur of the moment to strip citizenship,’’ said Francis A. Boyle, a professor at the University of Illinois Law School. “Any United States citizen can be prosecuted to the limits of the law. They could be prosecuted for treason, up to the death penalty. . . . What more could you want than that?’’
Flush campaign coffers?

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

And the hacktacular eboclipper at RedMassGroup says Scott Brown deserves their support.
The Constitution's Article 3 spells out that crimes must be tried by Jury in the state where they occur--and a would-be bomber in Times Square is not going to find any sympathy among 12 random New Yorkers... and perhaps not among whatever prisoners he's stuck with for the rest of his life.

There's some serious lack of respect for the legal tradition of America among people like Scott Brown, Joe Lieberman, and the conservatives.

May 07, 2010 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And that is what the function of INtroducing a bill is. Discuss. See it it has merits. It's not an executive order. Particularly in the Senate.

May 07, 2010 8:39 AM  

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