Another week, another remind that State Supreme Court Justice Steven H. David is up for his sole-and-only retention vote come election day.
Why is this important? You see, Mr. Justice David thinks you have no right to resist unlawful police entry into your own home. Yep, if J. Random Patrolman decides you look maleficent, whyn't he just invite himself in, with none of that fussing around with "probable cause" or "exigent circumstances," waking up judges -- besides, sometimes they do it already, and try to paper it over afterwards anyway.
The Justice applied this reasoning to an actual decision, overturning centuries of common law and precedent, making a mess so big the Legislature had to jump in and fix it as best they could, outlining and codifying what had been commonly understood since Shakespeare was a pup.
So we dodged that bullet, barely. Let's not have to again on some other long-settled right. Vote "NO" on retaining Justice Steven H. David. He needs to go home.
(Yes, I intend to hit this at least once a week until election day. We don't need jackboot-polishers on the state's highest bench.)
6 months ago