Citing 'My Cousin Vinny,' DC Circuit Upholds SCOTUS Protest Ban

, The National Law Journal


A federal appeals panel on Friday upheld the law barring anyone from making “a harangue or oration” at the U.S. Supreme Court—the latest in a series of rulings protecting the high court from protesters inside the building or on its grounds.

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  • Darren McKinney

    Mr. Flemming, surely the anti-business, willfully unassimilated, spoiled-brat protesters who‘d interrupt SCOTUS proceedings or otherwise move their unsanitary filth to occupying encampments on the court‘s plaza are hardly impartial. Besides, the adults who pay the bills in this country want their courts to be orderly and respectful of the law. So if the envious and unaccomplished wish to change the law, they can run for office or organize and vote for various candidates. What they decidedly cannot do is carry on like foolish children in or around our highest court. End of story.

  • George Fleming

    I suppose they could appeal to the Supreme Court. There could be no clearer example of being the judge in your own case. It is the fundamental flaw in our Constitution that this is not prohibited. Judges and lawyers have long since arrogated the illegitimate and supreme power of regulating themselves. Nobody else has this power. They have seized a power great enough for them to maintain it for their own benefit, and to deny it to the rest of us. It should be denied to all of us. “If the judges are to hold their offices during good behavior there must be a power somewhere to judge of that good behavior or the breach of it, but of this the constitution is silent, and herein lies its defect.” [Man of Reason: The Life of Thomas Paine, Alfred Owen Aldridge] Of course Paine meant an impartial power. No one can be an impartial judge in his own case.

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