February 12, 2009

After listening to a report on a ruling by the a three judge panel that CA may have to reduce their prison population by as much as one third, Lou Dobbs throws this bomb out there:

ROWLANDS: And, Lou, this tentative ruling says one way to release this amount of prisoners would be to completely overhaul the parole system. Instead of bringing parole violators back into prison, to figure out some other way to do it. They say the savings could be hundreds of millions of dollars. So you can create a way to handle that. The state is very firm, saying this is a potential public safety issue. We're not letting anybody out unless the U.S. Supreme Court tell us to.

DOBBS: Well, which court is it, Ted? Because first of all, on its face this is outrageous legislation from the bench, whether it be the appellate court or whatever.

ROWLANDS: Well, this has been simmering to the court's defense, this is in response to a case that was filed in 1995. And there have been many decisions against the state throughout this period that haven't been addressed. This is a three-judge panel, a federal judge panel, this is a tentative ruling.

DOBBS: Of the Ninth Circuit?

ROWLANDS: One member of the Ninth Circuit is on this panel, as you might imagine. But this is a tentative ...

DOBBS: By the way, so everyone knows what we're reacting to. The Ninth Circuit is the most reversed appellate court in the United States judicial system, the most liberal, and frankly, they do address each other as comrade in the Ninth Circuit, I believe.

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