Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Death & Politics

Supreme Court upholds Oregon assisted-Suicide Law. (MSNBC)
At first glance, it seems that the only interest here is the right to suicide for the terminally ill. But upon closer inspection, I found there to be some political points of interest.

The Supreme Court upheld the law 6-3, with Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas and Scalia, voting against. This must imply, by the process of elimination, that the other Justices (Stevens, O'Connor, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, & Breyer) must have voted for. See A Listing Of Justices.

Those Justices considered conservative voted against, while those considered moderate and liberal voted for. O'Connor, well known for being a 'Swing' voter, has announced her plan to retire. To replace her, President Bush has nominated Samuel Alito. Conservatives hope that Alito will be able to swing the Supreme court to the right, and Justice Kennedy is expected to become a more influential swing voter with O'Connor's retirement. Kennedy is a conservative who sometimes swings towards the liberal side in cases involving topics like gay rights and capitol punishment.
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