Monday, June 06, 2005


Justice O'Connor's Unique Toke

In the Supreme Court's medical marijuana decision, Sandra Day O'Connor is right from a philosophical standpoint (when was the last time you heard that?).

But her choice of words is somewhat awkward.

"This case exemplifies the role of states as laboratories," O'Connor writes in dissent.

Isn't the true headline, "Supreme Court Justice Endorses States As Drug Labs"? Maybe, after all these years, the
words of a certain Hall of Fame running back have finally sunken in: "Loosen up, Sandy baby; you're too tight." (Some quote Riggins as saying, "lighten up," which being close to "light up" may be even more prescient.)

UPDATE: Of course, serious analysis of this decision can be found at the Volokh Conspiracy here and here.
UPDATE II: Even more in-depth overview of the "High" Court's work can be found here.
UPDATE III: Radley Balko observes rightly why Clarence Thomas is first among equals on this case.

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