They're at it again. I can't stand those judges, always getting in the way of Congress; legislating from the bench. Tom DeLay is right. We need to keep them from intervening in the realm of Congress.
My beef this time? The Court is declaring what isn't free speech absent Congressional clarification.
According to the link, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (those darn West Coast folks) handed down a decision that a prisoner who offers to kill a judge in exchange for money has no protection under the First Amendment.
Specifically, Judge Carlos Bea found that a prisoner's statement "that he wanted to target a judge and 'string the motherf...er up and cut her throat, his throat, and make it like a copycat so that people would do the same thing,' combined with an offer to provide weapons and money reward, can reasonably be interpreted as a serious expression of intent to harm."
Now perhaps I'm naive, but I didn't realize there were caveats to free speech. Next thing you know, people who exoercise their liberties to use cars that aren't being used by others will have to spend time in prison.
I seem to remember Congress threatening to get rid of the 9th Court of Appeals at one point if they didn't straighten up and fly right. This is authorized under the Constitution, Article III. I think it's time we did that. Behavior such as this, undermining Congressional Authority is reprehensible and this would send a message to everyone.