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"Scare Tactics"

Today's News Scan notes yet another case of a major crime of violence, in this case murder, attributable to California's misguided "realignment" program.  The comments of the police chief are worth quoting in full.

"This is yet another glowing example of the failure of California's prison realignment. Dangerous prisoners that belong in state prison continue to be released early, time and time again, to return to our communities and endanger our families and friends," said Fontana Police Chief Rod Jones.
"Had Mulder remained incarcerated, on either recent occasion, for his full sentence, this woman would still be alive and this entire incident would not have occurred. I see this situation only continuing to get worse as California continues to reach the federally mandated levels of the prison population this year. This is going to result in approximately 9,000 more dangerous prisoners soon being released into our communities. I fear the worst is yet to come. "
Meanwhile, this weekend the Sacramento Bee had this editorial denouncing "scare tactics."  Publicizing real cases of real people really killed, raped, or kidnapped because of this law is "scare tactics"?  Well, sometimes people should be scared.  If are out hiking and see a rattlesnake, it is far better to be afraid of it and avoid it than to walk blithely by and be bitten.

And then there is this bit of chutzpah:  "A one-year uptick in crime is a reason for counties to make adjustments, not to generate uproar and premature calls to reverse policy."

Wow.  A supporter of an ill-conceived plan that was cobbled together and rammed through the legislature before the public even knew any major change was being considered has the audacity to complain about prematurity

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/07/5320482/editorial-enough-with-all-the.html#storylink=cpy"


It would be interesting to see what Breyer, Kennedy, Kagan, Sotomayor and Ginsburg would say to a victim of this realignment or a murder victim's family. Obviously, they could console themselves with the idea that AB109 is one step removed from their decision.

At the end of the day, SCOTUS ratified a decision from a rigged panel and in the face of PLRA. There is blood on their hands. The sad thing is that few members of the chattering class care.

Many people in various places of society are so biased, partisan,
and intransient today, that I doubt those Justices would allow this
to change their minds. Kagan's denial of the relevance of natural
law to the role of SCOTUS during her confirmation hearing also
magnifies the depth of her partiality and possible benightedness.

Elena Kagan:

bewildered, confounded, cites Heller as ultimate authority;


more coherent, but does not acknowledge philosophical basis of natural rights:

"Senator Coburn, to be honest with you, I don't have a view of what
are natural rights, independent of the Constitution..."

Coburn: So you wouldn't embrace what the Declaration of Independence
says, that we have certain God-given inalienable rights that aren't given in
the Constitution, that are ours, ours alone, and that the government
doesn't give those to us?

"Senator Coburn, I believe that the Constitution is an extraordinary document..."

Coburn: Well I understand that...what do you believe? Are there inalienable
rights for us? Do you believe that?

"Senator Coburn, I think that the question of what I believe as to what people's rights are outside the Constitution and the laws--that you should not want me to act in any way on the basis of such a belief if I had one, or [interrupted]"

Coburn: I would want you to ALWAYS act on the basis of a belief in what our Declaration of Independence says.


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