But that was not the best part of the ruling. I ask readers to see if they can figure out what is best about this decision.
From the Washington Times:
Iran’s central bank lost its appeal to the United States Supreme Court today in a case decades in the making.
The 6-2 ruling by the court frees up for relatives of the deadly 1983 Beirut embassy bombing some $1.75 billion in bond assets that Bank Markazi holds in American bank accounts.Not enough information?
OK, add this:
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg authored the opinion, which was joined by all her colleagues except Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who dissented.
In arguments before the justices in January, the Iranian government sought to overturn the judgment of the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals by arguing that bipartisan legislation passed in 2012 to help ensure victims’ survivors could collect damages was a violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers doctrine.Give up?
The best part of the ruling is that it was not decided by a one-vote majority. In order to reach a decision, the justices had to reach a majority of two votes or more. That forced the four liberals and the four conservatives to hash it out before reaching a decision. Otherwise, no call.
We gave the Court the power to amend the Constitution without allowing Congress and the president the power to reverse the Court. Checks and balances are a myth as long as a Court decision is irreversible. The only time we reversed the Court was when it ruled an income tax is unconstitutional.
Anything that slows the Court down is fine with me. If we must fill Scalia's slot, let us do so only after creating a 10th justice so that the Court would continue to need a two-vote majority to change American society on a whim. That does not guarantee protection from constitutional overreach (Roe-Wade and Dred Scott were 7-2 decisions) but it would slow them down.