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Some Dare Call It Justice

"Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed."

        —Epicurus, Aphorisms

According to leading members of the American law professoriate, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, on December 12, 2000, in Bush v. Gore was "lawless and unprecedented," "not worthy of 'respect,'" featured "sickening hypocrisy and insincere constitutional posturing," was "a disgrace," "illegitimate, undemocratic, and unprincipled," "egregious," "a sleight-of-hand trick," and "quite demonstrably the worst Supreme Court decision in history." Off the wall as this criticism may be, it is mild compared to that leveled at the Court by Vincent Bugliosi (whose claim to fame is that he successfully prosecuted mass-murderer Charles Manson) in a slapdash paperback consisting mainly of notes and emendations to his article in the Nation (February 5) entitled "None Dare Call it Treason." The book features a cover with mock police mug shots of five Supreme Court justices. Those five, according to Bugliosi, "deliberately and knowingly decided to nullify the votes of the SO million Americans who voted for Al Gore and to steal the election for Bush." "The...

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