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Liberals’ Legality Problem


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liberals-legality-problem-michael-baroneNational Review:

‘About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop.” So supposedly said Elihu Root, New York lawyer and secretary of war and of state, and U.S. senator from 1909 to 1915.

 

Today it seems that many liberal “would-be clients” are in desperate need of what Root called “a decent lawyer.”

 

Take Texans for Public Justice, the so-called public-interest group that has been pushing for the indictment of Governor Rick Perry by a grand jury at the urging of special prosecutor Michael McCrum.

 

The basis for the indictment is, in the words of liberal New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait, “unbelievably ridiculous.” The first count says that Perry violated a vaguely worded statute by threatening to veto an appropriation. That, even though the Texas Constitution gives governors the veto power and the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment protects their right to free speech.Scissors-32x32.png


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