Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Rule of Law

We actually think it's pretty important in the United States. We may have discovered the idea at Runnymede, when the barons stood up to the king and made him acknowledge that the law was more than whatever the king felt like.

Only they haven't learned that lesson in Wisconsin yet.

You know what they've done so far: they screwed around with the rules to pass Scott Walker's union-busting legislation, then they decided that if you were a Democrat your vote wouldn't count.

The violations of law were so clear that the opponents of the law went to court and got an injunction prohibiting publication of the law, an essential prerequisite to implementation under Wisconsin law.

So what did the Republicans do? They went ahead and published the law anyway.

If I had been the judge, I'd be some pissed by this time, and apparently the judge who issued the order is. She really did say "Maybe you fuckers didn't understand what I was saying."

Well, pretty close anyway:

"Further implementation of the act is enjoined," said Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi.

"Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of Act 10 was enjoined. That is what I now want to make crystal clear," she said.


And:

"Now that I've made my earlier order as clear as it possibly can be, I must state that those who act in open and willful defiance of the court order place not only themselves at peril of sanctions, they also jeopardize the financial and the governmental stability of the state of Wisconsin," Sumi said.

We'll see what the next round brings, but I, for one, am looking forward to seeing Scott Walker frog-marched out of the state house to start serving his term for contempt of court.

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