The Commonwealth of Virginia's Ultimate Blog

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Pledge of Allegiance back in court

Says here that a Federal Judge in San Francisco has again tried to strike down the Pledge of Allegiance as unconstitutional because it contains the words "under God."

While there is sure to be outrage voiced from coast-to-coast over this decision in the coming weeks, all this decision really does is set the stage for the case to be brought before the Supreme Court. Last year, the Supreme Court took a pass on a similar Pledge case.

It might be a while before this case makes it to the Supreme Court, so it is likely that the Roberts Court, including Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement, will have taken shape by then. One can hope that the new Court might finally start moving away from the silly "neutrality" standard and findings of "ceremonial religion" that devalue religious beliefs. But I wouldn't hold my breath.


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7:44 PM

Blogger Old Zach said...

Awesome, I love Nickelodeon. *Camp Anawana, we hold you in our hearts...* Ahh, those were the days.

These randomly generated comments sure are annoying though. I wonder if Clarissa could explain them to me.

8:41 PM

Blogger James Young said...

Actually, Judge Karlton sits in Sacramento, the Eastern District of Sacramento. I'm actually rather fond of him. His erroneous ruling gave me the opportunity to win my first Supreme Court case.

9:53 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eastern District of California, I imagine. First of how many, James? Are you the only Virginia blogger to have successfully argued cases before the US Supreme Court?

2:48 PM

Blogger James Young said...

Anon 2:48 -- My bad. Of course, I mean Eastern District of California.

Notice I said "won," not "argued." And I said "first" because it was so far my only one, and --- given the nature of my practice --- I expect other opportunities. In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't get to argue the case (or any other, so far), since the Court granted cert., vacated the lower court decision, and remanded it for reconsideration in light of another decision.

To answer your second question, as modified, I don't know.

10:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, you're off to a good start.

4:48 PM


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