Justice Samuel Alito's opinion on behalf of a bare majority of the Court engages in a kind of legalistic bait-and-switch. It takes a law Congress enacted to serve one limited purpose, and expands that law to suit Hobby Lobby's much more expansive purpose.
The purpose of the First Amendment, according to the plaintiffs in Harris, is not to foster democracy, it is to render democracy irrelevant. This is a radical rethinking of our Constitution. And it was just embraced by five justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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While this doubtful conviction was ultimately thrown out, the events that led to Thursday's Florida supreme court decision demonstrate just how difficult it is to attack an erroneous conviction even when that conviction is fatally undermined by DNA evidence.
Cruz wants a special prosecutor to investigate something that looked like a genuine scandal 13 months ago, but that has now been revealed as fairly run-of-the-mill incompetence. And if he doesn't get what he wants, he thinks that the Attorney General should be impeached and cast out of office.