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Conservatives think zombie Scalia should decide cases — including this Bush voter fraud crusader

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Another conservative lawyer is suggesting that Antonin Scalia should be allowed to decide U.S. Supreme Court cases from beyond the grave.

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation and a former Bush administration official, argued that Scalia’s votes on some pending cases should be counted even after his Feb 13 death, reported Right Wing Watch.

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The conservative legal activist said the late justice had already heard oral arguments in some cases before the court, including Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which could hobble public sector unions.

Von Spakovsky told religious right broadcaster Sandy Rios that Scalia had already cast his vote in conference after hearing arguments — and he said Chief Justice John Roberts had an “absolute obligation” to count the deceased jurist’s vote.

“After oral arguments before the court, the justices leave the courtroom and they go to a conference room in the Supreme Court building and they take a vote,” von Spakovsky said during the Feb. 15 interview.

“So that’s the point at which they know how a case is going to be decided and the chief justice then makes assignments of who will write the majority opinion and et cetera,” von Spakovsky continued. “I think the chief justice has an absolute obligation to give credit to Scalia’s vote in those cases that have already been decided, even if he didn’t write his opinion yet, because they know how he would have voted.”

However, justices can and do change their minds after voting in those conferences — as Roberts famously did when he upheld the Affordable Care Act.

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That historic fact — along with the general rule that “dead justices don’t vote” — was pointed out over the weekend to anti-government attorney Kory Langhofer, who also argued that Scalia should be able to enforce his conservative legal agenda from the afterlife.

Veteran Supreme Court attorney Roy Englert also made the same point shortly after Scalia’s passing, saying the “vote of a deceased justices does not count.”

It’s ironic that von Spakovsky would advocate for the voting rights of a dead jurist — because he spent his years in the U.S. Justice Department under Bush promoting the mythical epidemic of dead voters.

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Von Spakovsky, a frequent Fox News guest, is largely credited with turning the myth of widespread Democratic voter fraud — including votes cast on behalf of the deceased — into “Republican orthodoxy,” reported the New Yorker.

Perhaps if this argument doesn’t work, von Spakovsky can argue against the “one person, one vote” principle to justify giving a second vote to justices Clarence Thomas or Samuel Alito — who have been more reliably conservative than Scalia in recent years.

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Watch this video report featuring von Spakovsky posted online by One America News Network:


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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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