The Right Coast

November 26, 2005
Judicial inactivism
By Tom Smith

n an unbelievably narrow, mechanistic, wooden, unimaginative, and carpenter- rather than artist like opinion, a court finds that 1000 feet means 1000 feet, and so tramples on the rights of illegal drug merchants everywhere. The effect will undoubtedly be that drug pushers will have to sell drugs farther away from schools than Congress intended. I also note that the school in question in this case was a Catholic school. Using state power to protect Catholic school students from drugs is obviously a violation of the Separation of Church and State clause of the First Amendment. This is what comes from extreme right wings judges substituting their ideology for the law.