Monday, June 25, 2007

The Gang of 5

The Supreme Court just announced yet another (small) pro-life victory.

Today's 5-4 decision opened a loophole in the "Bipartisan" Campaign Reform Act of 2002, sponsored by Democratic Senator Russell Feingold and Republicratic Senator John McCain.

The case before the Supreme Court was brought by Wisconsin Right to Life suing the Federal Election Commission for barring them from so much as mentioning, in paid advertisments, the names of candidates for federal office. WRTL charged that the pertinent McCain-Feingold section of the law was unconstitutional, and was infringing upon their first ammendment rights.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said that, when regulating what can be said in a campaign and when it may be said, “the First Amendment requires us to err on the side of protecting political speech rather than suppressing it.”

The Catholic block on the bench -- what I have endearingly dubbed 'The Gang of 5' -- continues to steer our courts in the right direction.

Meanwhile, the usual suspects (Ginsburg, Souter, Breyer, Stevens) can dissent all they like.

'Cuz all we need is five.



BabyGhost said...

I'm kind of confused. What exactly was ruled on?

Tom Herring said...

Oh, sorry. I probably should have explained it better.

You can read a little more on the ruling here: