March 12, 2006

Sandra Day O'Connor warns of rightwing attacks
Keith Olbermann of Countdown, did a spot on Friday highlighting the former Supreme Court Justice's opinion that:
"Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the supreme court, has said the US is in danger of edging towards dictatorship if the party's rightwingers continue to attack the on"

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I tried to find a recording of O'Connor's speech, but I've had no luck. Obviously-the media won't make these easy observations-so I'm glad she's responding to the attacks on the judiciary.


Olbermann: O'Connor also said, "Attacks on the judiciary by some Republican leaders pose a direct threat to our constitutional freedoms. I am against judicial reforms driven by nakedly partisan reasoning. We must be ever-vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary into adopting their preferred policies."

Those last remarks appear to refer specifically to the former House minority leader, Tom DeLay. O'Connor did not mention his name, but quoted his attacks on judges at meetings last year of Justice Sunday, the conservative Christian group to which DeLay vented after the Terri Schiavo rulings.

The retired justice pulled no punches. She noted that interference with an independent judiciary, not unlike that attempted by Mr. DeLay and other Republicans, had allowed dictatorship to flourish in countries formerly subjected to communist on

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