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Saturday, June 29, 2002

Other Supreme Court Stuff-We got the June dump from the Supremes this week, with the voucher case being the biggie. Thanks to the Blogosphere residant court watcher William Sulik for the following links. There was a 6-3 center-left decision making chaining an inmate to a steel pole in the Alabama sun for seven hours was cruel and unusual punishment. Rehnquist, Thomas and Scalia must have been playing Tom Jones' It's Not Unusual. I'm usually with those three, but I'll part company on this one. A decision backing random drug testing for school athletes was a 5-4 center-right decision, but with O'Connor dissenting and Breyer voting with the conservative block. Normally, the Supreme Court watcher's bracelet is WWSD-What Would Sandra Do? It isn't often that she's in the minority. The other case that might be worth watching was on a 5-4 center-right vote getting rid of a gag order on certain campaign speech for judicial candidates in Minnesota. That doesn't bode well for McCain-Feingold.

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