Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Republican Senator Objects To Democrat SCOTUS-Bashing
An anonymous Republican senator cut short a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on recent Supreme Court rulings this morning.
The hearing, featuring a panel of legal experts and two frustrated consumers, was largely a forum for Democrats to attack some recent court decisions they deem to be damaging to average Americans.
Although Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the ranking member of the committee, said he agreed with some of the criticism the court faces, especially on its broad reading of federal preemption of state law, one of his colleagues obviously didn't.
Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., (pictured) who had left the hearing by the time the objection was made, wasn't too happy about it.
"This behavior is a disgrace to the Senate," he said in a statement.
Recent cases under the microscope included equal pay case Ledbetter v. Goodyear and medical device case Riegel v. Medtronic.