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February 14, 2012

If a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged...

then defendants with cases before the US Supreme Court may now have extra reason to worry about Justice Stephen Breyer's vote.  That is because of this news, headlined "Supreme Court justice, wife robbed in Caribbean." Here are the details:

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his wife Joanna were robbed last week at their vacation home on the Caribbean island of Nevis by a man armed with a machete, a court spokeswoman said on Monday.

Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the robbery took place on the evening of Feb. 9, the intruder stole about $1,000, but no one had been hurt. Two unidentified guests also were present.

The robbery was reported to local authorities but Arberg said she did not know if there had been any arrests and added that she had no details about the investigation. She said the 73-year-old Breyer and his wife were no longer in Nevis....

A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service said the agency does not discuss the particulars of its judicial security operations, including those involving Supreme Court justices. "What I can confirm is that the Marshals Service is aware of the incident involving Justice Breyer on the Caribbean island of Nevis and is assisting the Supreme Court Police and local law enforcement authorities with the investigation as needed," spokesman Jeff Carter said.

Intriguingly, as the article goes on to note, it seems that the more defendant-friendly judges have been more likely to be the victim of these sorts of crimes:

[This] was not the first time that a crime has been committed against a member of the U.S. Supreme Court.   In 2004, then-Supreme Court Justice David Souter suffered minor injuries when he was mugged by a group of young men as he jogged alone near his residence in Washington.   In 1996, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the victim of a purse snatching as she walked home with her husband and daughter from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to their nearby residence in their Watergate apartment complex. No one was hurt.

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D'ya think it could have been Blakeley?

Posted by: FluffyRoss | Feb 14, 2012 11:36:08 AM

I have argued that the political stances of the lawyer do not matter when it comes to rent seeking, and generating government coerced, lawyr make work jobs. So Scalia led the campaign against mandatory sentencing guidelines. These were the biggest lawyer positive achievement of the 20th Century. The resulting drop in crime was surely a factor in the boom times of the 1990's.

Now I argue the same about personal victimization. The rent trumps personal fear and risk.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Feb 14, 2012 9:49:39 PM

If a liberal is a conservative who has been falsely arrested or falsly convicted, then what?

Posted by: william r. delzell | Feb 15, 2012 10:50:54 AM

I work as a note-taker and reader for students whose disabilities require the service.

Posted by: william r. delzell | Feb 15, 2012 10:51:54 AM

If a liberal is a conservative who has been falsely arrested or falsely convicted, then what. Once again, I work as a note-taker/reader at a community college for students whose disability require the service.

Posted by: william r. delzell | Feb 15, 2012 10:53:52 AM

"a liberal is a conservative who was indicted and a prison reformer is a conservative who is spending time in jail"

Posted by: claudio giusti | Feb 15, 2012 3:09:00 PM

"A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else’s money."~
Carter Glass

Posted by: Adamakis | Feb 16, 2012 2:12:35 PM

LOL good one adamakis!

reminds me of an old old joke!

Who was the first democrat?




.... Give up!

It was christopher columbus

after all

he went somewhere and didn't know where he went

Once he got there didn't know where he was!

after he left he didnt' know where he had been!

and to top it off!

He did it all with BORROWED MONEY!

Posted by: rodsmith | Feb 16, 2012 9:01:38 PM

Ah rodsmith,
Thou speakest la vrai verite!

(Not so) Funny thing about Columbus. Unlike the Bugs Bunny routine in which Columbus (Bugs) argues against the Priests that the earth is round--
Bugs: "It's a round";
Priests: "It's a flat"--
the actual disagreement between Columbus and the Priests was over the distance to the Indies...and Columbus was not right...hence his name for Native Americans being "Indians".

Thoughtful individuals for centuries and centuries from the outset of mankind affirmed the sphericity of the earth. As claimed in Isaiah 40:22 and echoed probably a half dozen times elsewhere in the Hebrew Scriptures, "It is he that sitteth on the circle of the earth." Job, reckoned to be the oldest book of the Bible next to the first 11 chapters of Genesis, also describes a round earth.

Posted by: adamakis | Feb 17, 2012 2:03:28 PM

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