Thomas Haney, a lawyer suing the Kansas Democratic Party in a suit that could save Sen. Pat Roberts' (R-KS) uphill bid for reelection, showed up to court on Monday missing a crucial element of his case -- his client.
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The Supreme Court is likely to be confronted with two cases that will challenge whether the Court is capable of applying the same rule in cases that benefits Democrats as it does in cases that benefit Republicans.
Carvin's prediction that GOP justices can be trusted to advance GOP policies even in a case such as this one, where the arguments for doing so are weak, may in fact prove correct. Should Carvin be vindicated, however, the justices will deal a grievous self-inflicted wound to their own institution.
What's striking about this case is how swiftly Groubert escalated the incident from a routine traffic stop to the use of potentially deadly force -- and the fact that he did so without any apparent provocation whatsoever.