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June 25, 2007

The Hits Keep on Coming for the Supremes

Nothing I love more than talking about the "Bong Hits for Jesus", "Faith Based Initiatives", and the Supreme Court... Well, except for talking about skiing. And now with the SCOTUS hopefully to review the case of Arizona Snowbowl, low and behold, I get to talk about some politics on my little ol' ski-blog.

The Roberts-Alito court is discovering their identity:

Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia supported an Alaska high school principal who forced a student to take down a banner proclaiming "Bong Hits 4 Jesus." They also blocked taxpayers from challenging President Bush's faith-based initiatives...

While three of the five decisions Monday arrived on a 5-4 majority, they showcased what has become an ideologically conservative and business-friendly, if narrow, majority.

Since last October, in Roberts' second term as chief justice, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has claimed 11 victories and seen only two defeats on business-related cases.

"We always thought the (Chief Justice William) Rehnquist court was a good forum for business," noted Maureen Mahoney, a lawyer who has argued 18 cases before the court, "but the Roberts court is even better."...

"This is a victory for a ... commonsense approach to environmental regulation," said Damien Schiff, an attorney with the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation, based in Sacramento, Calif.

Even more than in previous years, the court was skeptical of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the nation's most liberal. With Monday's decisions, the Supreme Court has reversed the 9th Circuit on 17 out of 19 opinions issued since October.

OK, commonsense view of environmental regulation. Check. Pro-business environment. Check. Doesn't like the 9th Circuit. Check.

My thoughts--the folks at Snowbowl, the Mayor of Flagstaff, and the pro-skier folks like myself better prepare for a shitstorm from Navajos when they get shot down on appeal. (I thought the term "shitstorm" was appropriate because this case specifically involves making snow from treated wastewater.)

Posted by Justin at June 25, 2007 06:09 PM


Justin...You are such a brat!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at July 3, 2007 07:48 PM