Monday, June 25, 2012

Chung Chung

This is the week when the Supreme Court is to rule on Obamacare. There's.... just a wee bit of coverage on it. Just a little. So we'll leave that aside.

There are, however, cases in the legal pipeline that we can cover. Since the Supreme Court is getting the attention, other cases, Jerry Sandusky excluded, pretty much aren't.

So here are three of them:

*The Justice Department has filed suit against the cities of Hilldale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona, citing religious discrimination to the point of denying water and electrical services to people that are not members of the local Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Hilldale and Colorado City, you may recall, were- and in fact continue to be- run by Warren Jeffs, head of the sect, who is serving life in a Texas prison for bigamy and underage sex. Jeffs continues to issue edicts to the towns from his prison cell. Jeffs recently issued one edict ordering all children in town to be fathered solely by a group of 15 men; all others are to abstain from sex. That caused about 200 men to get up and walk out of service- which tells you that, yes, they are listening to those edicts.

*A New Jersey woman has sued a 13-year-old Little Leaguer who was 11 at the time of the incident cited. What happened was that she was sitting at a picnic table near the bullpen, when the kid, a catcher, was warming up a pitcher. A throw back to the pitcher got away from him, went over the fence, and hit her in the face. She claims the throw was intentional and is suing for $150,000 in medical costs plus an undefined amount for 'pain and suffering'.

Sometimes it helps to just get these ridiculous suits out in the open to embarrass the filer into dropping it.

*Supporters of Ron Paul have filed suit against the Republican National Committee, alleging that the Romney campaign essentially bullied caucusgoers into lining up behind Romney. Paul himself is not taking part in the suit. The suit asks for clarification as to whether the convention delegates are bound to a particular candidate or not, which right here and now I can tell you many of them (though not all) are. The Romney campaign calls it frivolous, but they're going to take it seriously anyway.

The real question here isn't really the suit itself. No matter what, Romney is going to be the nominee. It's how much the Paul supporters end up resenting Romney at the end of the day, and how many opt against supporting him in November.

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