Posted by Brian at 11:17 AM
More examples of what 2004 cost us
Roberts and Alito do their damage:
The fourth ruling, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., over three full dissents and one partial dissent, declared that public school officials do not violate a student's free speech rights by punishing the student for words or actions that promote a drug message. The ruling in Morse v. Frederick (06-278)also should count as a 5-4 decision because Justice Stephen G. Breyer would have decided the case on qualified immunity grounds, and not reached the First Amendment issue.
Morse v Frederick is better known as the Bong Hits 4 Jesus case, where a student was suspended for 10 days for showing a banner across the street from the high school where he was a student during the Olympic torch relay.
Let that sink in. Not on school grounds, not during a school function, and SCOTUS seems to say that an anti-drug philosophy is more important than a student's right to self-expression outside the bounds of the school.
So to anyone out there who voted for Dubya in 2004, I'd like to thank you, and warn you that you don't get to bitch about freedom of expression. You voted for the guy who put these clowns on the bench for life.