A World Gone Mad
Liberals on Supreme Court order over 30,000 thugs
freed from prison to prey on a helpless public
Four Democrat liberals on the U.S. Supreme Court were joined by two "Conservative" Republicans and refused Friday to let California delay the release of thousands of inmates from state prisons to relieve crowding.
In an act of total insanity the Court ignored the 10th Amendment of the Bill of Rights and ordered the release into the public of tens of thousands of violent criminals.
In June, a lower court ordered California to release about 10,000 inmates — nearly 8 percent of all state prisoners — by the end of the year to improve to improve medical and mental health treatment. Gov. Jerry Brown last month asked the Supreme Court to delay the order, arguing that it would jeopardize public safety.
Brown also blasted the decision Friday, saying, "California must now release upon the public nearly 10,000 inmates convicted of serious crimes, about 1,000 for every city larger than Santa Ana," reports US News NBC.
The legal issue was Brown's request for a stay of a ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for Northern California ordering the state to release about 9,600 inmates in the short term as part of larger proceedings requiring it to reduce its prison population by about 30,000.
The panel's demands, Brown has argued repeatedly, create a serious public safety threat. The state had asked the high court to put the panel's order on hold while an appeal goes forward.
But the Supreme Court was not persuaded. The majority denied Brown's request for a stay without comment.
Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a sharply worded dissent, which Justice Clarence Thomas joined. Justice Samuel Alito also dissented, but he did not join Scalia.
Scalia wrote that he does not believe the federal courts have the authority to order California to remove thousands of inmates from its prison system.
"California must now release upon the public nearly 10,000 inmates convicted of serious crimes — about 1,000 for every city larger than Santa Ana," he wrote. The order, he wrote, goes "beyond the power of the courts."
(Los Angeles Times)