Justiceline: January 16, 2013

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  • For the second time in two years, the House of Representatives spent yesterday morning reading the Constitution aloud on the House floor. Ironically, the reading was led by House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), a man with such a poor grasp of the Constitution that he thinks Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are unconstitutional.
  • Garrett Epps takes Judge Richard Posner to task for his “unforgivably flippant” opinion striking down Illinois’ strict gun safety laws — “Authoring the broadest possible interpretation of Heller and McDonald, Posner fed red-meat rhetoric to gun-rights lawyers and fanatics, a breed that is notably immune to irony of any kind.”
  • Tea Party Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) is the only person to file for the GOP nomination to be Virginia’s next governor.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) taps former Sotomayor clerk and law professor Jenny Rivera to sit on his state’s top court.
  • Meanwhile, Rivera’s former boss laments the how difficult it is to get good delivery at the Supreme Court — “there isn’t a place I call where it doesn’t take 45 minutes. And then getting the food delivered to the Supreme Court? They’ve got to stop at security, security has to call you, you’ve got to go downstairs. By the time you get downstairs you may add another 15 minutes to the 45 minutes. And the food is ice-cold.”
  • And finally, a man’s houseboat is a house, not a boat. Because the Supreme Court says so.