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Letter: Sen. Leahy and the Court

To the Editor:

There is no question in my mind that Supreme Court justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito should be targets for impeachment. It is an issue that I have broached on several occasions to Vermont’s Sen. Patrick Leahy to no avail, not even the courtesy of a response. Sen. Leahy is the current chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and voted for Roberts’ confirmation and against Alito. As the current chairman, he is in a position to bring charges against these men since, though they both swore under oath that they would respect judicial precedent, have steadfastly voted to overturn precedents that have been established law, some of which have been in place for more than 100 years.

Leahy is now confronted by recent polling results from a Democratic-aligned polling firm, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Its findings are that 80 percent of voters disagree with the court’s Citizens United Decision (“corporations are people”), more than 51 percent believe the latest decision in McCutcheon v FEC (unrestricted spending on candidates) will lead to more corruption in politics, and that 60 percent believe that the Roberts court was carrying out a personal or political agenda rather than working to render a fair and impartial judgment.

The only person in America who is apparently unaware of the damage this court has had on American’s faith in its judiciary is Sen. Leahy. It is time that he is held accountable and that he answers for his failure to act. At a time when millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money is being wasted in pursuit of culprits in the tragedy that occurred in Benghazi, the failure to call to account the people who are dismantling our rights and protections as citizens is nothing less than a travesty.

I hope someone out there is as troubled as I am by the senator’s abrogation of responsibility. Despite all the good that Sen. Leahy has done over the years, to have failed to address this critical matter is sure to shatter that legacy.

David Russell