Bush v.

Gore
United States Supreme Court on Equal Protection

The worst part of fighting for my Civil and Constitutional Rights is that when you are an African American, the courts, as well as state governments don’t believe in “Equal Rights” being extended to Black people as for White, Anglo-European Catholics and alike. For some reason, the injuries suffered by Michael Cozzolino, a Catholic-European descendant is more valued than the injuries I suffered, being a non-religious African American. Worst of all is that Caucasian Judges and public officials actually think that they are not racist, and bigots. Yet, this matter has been allowed to continue for years on end, although the short comings of their competency and not obeying “The Laws” still, don’t register with them as it relates to African Americans. As they delay, and ignore this institutionalized racist attitude, those in positions to correct the errors, seem to be content with being friends and rub elbows during social-political gatherings, rather than be the honorable people under the law that they take oaths of service or office. Respect is earned. Unlike those in public service for the paycheck, equality is a right everyone should be accorded no matter the color of skin or religious or political beliefs. Racists and bigots are cowards and it is impossible to respect that. They mimic the presidential candidate Romney. In that, they will send your children to war and not their own. They only wish to benefit from heroic acts, not commit to ever being heroic themselves. ………………………………................................................................................................ ................................................................................................................................................ ................................................................................................................................

MSN AND SLATE.COM http://t.news.msn.com/politics/will-bush-v-gore-save-obama-in-ohio “……………………………........................................................................................” In Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court stopped the recount of votes ordered by the Florida Supreme Court. Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas, the most conservative justices on the court, argued that the recount violated Article II of the U.S. Constitution, which gives state legislatures the power to set the rules for choosing presidential electors. These justices said Florida’s recount violated Article II because it was done under standards set by the state’s judiciary, not its legislature. Justices O’Connor and Kennedy did not buy the Article II argument. They rested their rationale for ending the recount on the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause, claiming that the changing and haphazard recount standards were arbitrary and “valu[ed] one person’s vote over that of another.” The court pointed to all kinds of problems and inconsistencies with the way various state counting boards were handling “punch card ballots,” which were run through computer counting machines that scanned where “chads” had been forced out. Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas signed on to this opinion too—otherwise there would not have been a majority endorsing any single reason for stopping the recount. It is this majority-supported Equal Protection holding that is now helping Obama in the home stretch of the 2012 race. For years, voting rights advocates have tried to make lemonade from lemons, arguing that the Equal Protection holding of Bush v. Gore should apply more broadly to require equality and uniformity in conducting elections. Until recently, these attempts have mostly met with failure, with courts reading the case’s holding narrowly. Some argued that at most the opinion would apply to require uniform rules for conducting election recounts. So poorly had Bush v. Gore fared in the lower courts—the Supreme Court has never cited it for any purpose since it was decided—that I declared Bush v. Gore ’s untimely death in 2007. But in the last few years the opinion has been resurrected by the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the federal appellate court that includes Ohio. In one recent case, a federal judge required Ohio to restore the last weekend of early voting, relying in part on Bush v. Gore’s equal protection principles. The judge suggested that once Ohio had added the early voting days, it couldn’t take them away, or at least couldn’t take them away from everyone except military voters. the 6th Circuit appeals court agreed. One of the appellate judges went …………………. GO TO MSN AND SLATE.COM FOR THE COMPLETE ARTICLE.

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