Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Schiavo Case: Courts v. Legislatures

I've been following the Terri Schiavo case off and on, and this morning I heard a real howler:
[attorney George Felos, representing Michael Schiavo] also argued that the role of the courts was trampled, calling it "absolutely extraordinary for the governor to argue that the Legislature in 18 hours and the governor in a matter of hours somehow possess some wisdom regarding the matter of Terri Schiavo that could not have been ascertained by the justices of this state in six years."

My gosh. How could the legislature possibly have power over the courts? I mean, aren't the courts the ultimate authority in the land? How dare we turn back the clock to a time when all three branches had checks and balances over each other! What arrogance, for a mere legislature to usurp the court's prerogative to overturn, in a matter of mere hours, things the people and their representatives have worked on for months and years!

I expect that with the attitude courts have taken in recent years, this appeal to their vanity and power will have a strong effect on their judgment.