Author Topic: MCDONALD vs CITY OF CHICAGO  (Read 933 times)

Offline MrBill

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MCDONALD vs CITY OF CHICAGO
« on: March 05, 2010, 03:41:02 AM »
I hope people don't interpret this as "Iceberg Spotting", but I think that each of us should read the oral arguments in the US Supreme Court case OTIS MCDONALD vs CITY OF CHICAGO.  This is a fascinating series of arguments and discussions in a very concise 77 page (double spaced  :) ) transcript. 

This is OUR CONSTITUTION in action.

The transcript and scholarly debate (without taking sides) can be found on this page from the Federalist Society (I'm sure other places too)  http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/pubid.1788/pub_detail.asp

Some of the argument is quick and spirited that references several previous court decisions that may be easier to understand by looking up:
     Slaughter-House Case:  http://www.oyez.org/cases/1851-1900/1872/1872_2  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slaughter-House_Cases   (perhaps one of the worst SCOTUS decisions to date - just my humble opinion)
     Glucksberg Case:  http://www.oyez.org/cases/1990-1999/1996/1996_96_110  and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_v._Glucksberg
     New York Times v. Sullivan:   http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1963/1963_39/     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Times_Co._v._Sullivan 
     Heller vs District of Columbia:  http://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2007/2007_07_290   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_v._Heller
     Mapp vx Ohio:  http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1960/1960_236/   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mapp_v._Ohio   
     Cruikshank Case:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Cruikshank
     Miller Case:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Miller
     Blackstone's Commentaries:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commentaries_on_the_Laws_of_England
     Griswold case:  http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1964/1964_496/
     Poe vx Ullman:  http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1960/1960_60
     Barron v. Baltimore:  http://www.oyez.org/cases/1792-1850/1833/1833_0
     

My two favorite quotes of the whole oral proceeding are by MR. GURA: "Justice Sotomayor, States may have grown accustomed to violating the rights of American citizens, but that does not bootstrap those violations into something that is constitutional." and "We decide that by looking, not to which side has the better statistics, but rather to what the framers said in the Constitution, because that policy choice was made for us in the Constitution."

This is surprisingly light reading for how heady a subject it is.  I haven't heard the actual audio yet, just read the transcript, but it seems like the Justices were actually having fun at times.

Cheers

Mr Bill
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Re: MCDONALD vs CITY OF CHICAGO
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2010, 12:10:47 PM »
And now we wait. I think I read in June they will make a decision. The decision may be as far reaching as incorporating the 2A. After that.................... ..:..
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