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HuffPo: Kozinski “Normally a Staunch Conservative on Criminal Matters”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:27 pm

Roger Abrams, the “authority” on sports law for HuffPo, sez:

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, normally a staunch conservative on criminal matters, castigated the Bush henchmen: “This was an obvious case of deliberate overreaching by the government in an effort to seize data as to which it lacked probable cause.” Perhaps the government could not tell the difference between ten records and a hundred. It is refreshing to know that the Fourth Amendment is still part of the sacred covenant that is our Bill of Rights.

Since when is Alex Kozinski a “staunch conservative on criminal matters”?

He is a libertarian. Libertarians are typically suspicious of the government in all matters, including criminal law.

Time for a new “authority.”

10 Responses to “HuffPo: Kozinski “Normally a Staunch Conservative on Criminal Matters””

  1. Have you heard the expression, “Close enough for government work?”

    Mike K (2cf494)

  2. Does not the Innocence Project demonstrate that suspicion of the government on criminal matters is necessary?

    Michael Ejercito (833607)

  3. This post demonstrates that suspicion of Roger Abrams is necessary.

    Patterico (64318f)

  4. Actually, it is a “two-fer”:

    1. Write something snide by implication of GW Bush (always important for the Left).

    2. Repeat something untrue as if it is factual.

    You watch. Later, this doofoid will reference himself on the subject.

    Eric Blair (0b61b2)

  5. I would like to ask that judge just when did these people the government agents questioned harshly gain constitutional protections? I believe that is one of the reasons there are three equal but separate branches of government. I did not know the judicial branch had either the right or the power to tell the executive branch what they are allowed to do after congress has given the executive the authorization to use force.

    Zelsdorf Ragshaft III (0ff19c)

  6. No, Patterico, it shows Abrams is clueless.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  7. For those interested, here’s the en banc oral argument on this case:

    It won’t keep you riveted every minute, but it’s interesting to listen to when multi-tasking. Judge Kozinski comes on around 16 minutes, 30 seconds.

    Brian (952f3a)

  8. Ignorance of the differences between conservatives and Libertarians is a common affliction among the left.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  9. If “[l]ibertarians are typically suspicious of the government in all matters, including criminal law”, what is the default attitude of political conservatives? Trust? Compliance?

    JSinAZ (dc795c)

  10. 8, Brother Bradley, ignorance, period, is a common trait of the left.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

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