Has anyone else noticed an increasing devolution in tone between the majority and dissents up in Tally?
This important 5-2 decision allowing the League of Women Voters to depose legislative staff to establish discriminatory intent in the redistricting debacle is a win for Florida voters and for the Florida Constitution generally, but things are getting a tad ugly up there.
First, Justice Pariente (who has already made a significant impact on the Court since her retention) decries the dissent's "hyberbolic assertion" that the world will end as we know it thanks to this decision (I'm paraphrasing).
Then get a load of Justice Canady's opening paragraph in his dissent:
In this case, for the first time in the recorded history of our Republic, a court has ruled that state legislators are required to submit to interrogation in a civil case concerning their legislative activities. I dissent from this unprecedented decision—a decision which effectively abrogates the well-established common law legislative privilege and grievously violates the constitutional separation of powers.I wonder what the first few drafts of that paragraph looked like before he settled on the above?
In this case, for the first time since before the dawn of man and protozoa crawled out of the genetic cesspool of our dark past and learned to walk upright, a court has ruled that state legislators are required to submit to interrogation in a civil case concerning their legislative activities. I dissent from this unprecedented, ridiculous, absurd, dumb and dumber, probably could have been a little better reasoned decision—a decision which destroys all hope for the future and will inexorably lead to the impending apocalypse (oh yeah) and which also btw violates the constitutional separation of powers.I kid of course (though I actually like the first draft better)!