Patterico's Pontifications

3/29/2018

Stephen Reinhardt Has Died

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:30 pm



My post at RedState has more.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Bacl.]

85 Responses to “Stephen Reinhardt Has Died”

  1. Wasn’t that Vlad the Impaler’s key acolyte?

    Sat in a dungeon. Ate flies and rodents. Said “I’m no lunatic man. I’m a sane man.” and “The master will come, and he has promised to make me immortal!” alot.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  2. My definition of “unexpected” needs to be updated.

    You’re half right, mr papertiger. He was the impaled.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  3. He probably will still find a way to make a couple more rulings.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  4. It happened unexpectedly, while he was at a dermatologist’s office. He was 87:

    Chris Geidner

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    BREAKING: Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has died, a court spokesperson confirmed.

    4:40 PM – Mar 29, 2018
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    Chris Geidner

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    BREAKING: Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has died, a court spokesperson confirmed.

    Chris Geidner

    @chrisgeidner
    Judge Reinhardt, a liberal champion appointed to the bench by President Carter in 1980, was at a dermatologist’s office, the court spokesperson said. His death was unexpected.

    4:43 PM – Mar 29, 2018
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    The Los Angeles Times reports that it was a heart attack, and adds these about some of his more well-known decisions:

    Reinhardt joined another judge in ruling that the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance were unconstitutional, a decision that was later overturned.

    He wrote a ruling that said laws prohibiting physician-assisted suicide were unconstitutional and another that overturned California’s previous ban on same-sex marriage.

    Reinhardt also lamented Supreme Court rulings that limited judges’ ability to overturn convictions and sentences on habeas corpus and complained about the flaws in death penalty cases.

    I have railed about Stephen Reinhardt many, many times over the years. I did not consider his brand of judging to be intellectually honest. He frequently twisted the facts and the law to reach the result he wanted. To my knowledge, he never voted to affirm a death verdict, and I know he voted to reverse many of them. He would refuse to recuse himself from cases brought by the ACLU, the local chapter of which was headed by his wife. His opinions were frequently reversed by the Supreme Court — but, as he was reported to have said, “they can’t catch ’em all” — because the high court can take only so many cases.

    Although I have been a frequent critic of his rulings, I’m sure he will be missed by his family and colleagues. My condolences to them on their loss.

    [transported from the redstate post]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  5. Note that, at 87, he still had not taken senior status. A bitter clinger to the last.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  6. We picked Ford over Carter in 1976.

    In California’s defense.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  7. What this thread needs is a soundtrack.

    KC and The Sunshine Band; “Boogie Shoes” from way back in 1977.
    [YouTube]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  8. Seen at Insty:

    He waited until he heard that the Pope said there is no Hell.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  9. Did Trump’s Hell Travel Ban get lifted?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  10. His partner in crime, Thelton Henderson, retired a few months ago. Apparently there are 8 vacancies on the court, but the Senate Democrats won’t let a vote happen for any of the nominees.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  11. What are the odds that a Trump nominee could get confirmed? I imagine both Harris and Feinstein would automatically blue slip *anyone*, but it’s not clear to me that this holds.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  12. Blue slips are gone. Just put Constitutionalists on the Court by a party line vote.

    NJRob (df14e7)

  13. Kevin M:

    Plus, he’ll be voting Democrat forever. Or until someone puts a stake through his heart, shoots his undead corpse with a silver bullet, shoves a garlic clove up him or sprinkles holy water on his gangrenous visage.

    Fred Z (05d938)

  14. I practiced before his Anti-Matter Earth counterpart, Phillip G. Reinhard, in the Illinois Appellate Court when I was very young. A former prosecutor, law-and-order Republican. I would have appreciated having Stephen there instead back then.

    nk (dbc370)

  15. Bearded Spock universe, they were able to exorcise rose bird, is it possible with betamax browns apptees

    narciso (d1f714)

  16. Judge Reinhardt was consequential. Those advising the POTUS on his judicial appointments should take account of that by appointing someone (1) young, (2) well-qualified, and (3) likely to be equally as consequential, but in dedication to the Rule of Law instead of to its false shadows, as Judge Reinhardt too routinely was.

    Reinhardt’s death penalty opinions were a particular disgrace to the court upon which he served, notorious far outside the geographical confines of the Ninth Circuit. He is survived, consequently, by a great many convicted capital murderers whose own just deserts he was instrumental in postponing. May the families of their victims now have a better chance at the justice, rendered solemnly and with full process due, but with a resolution that Judge Reinhardt methodically frustrated.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  17. 7… love that song, papertiger. But it came out earlier than that. My lovely wife and I got married in January of ’76 and we had a live band at our reception. These guys had a kickin’ horn section. When they started playing this one, you would have sworn it was the Sunshine crew and the dance floor filled up immediately One of my favorite memories of our wedding.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  18. Here’s a notion:
    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/292664/

    narciso (d1f714)

  19. Why are some judges so hell bent on opening up death row and prison in general while taking guns from law abiding citizens?

    Feel good story of the day

    Thunderdome…two men break in, one man leaves horizontally:

    Bishop said one of the suspects hit him in the head with a blunt object. He said the men ordered him to open his gun safe, and the suspects took out three long guns and a pistol.

    The two men then allegedly left the home with the guns. Police said Bishop retrieved a pistol from another part of his house and then went outside looking for his wife.

    Bishop’s wife said he encountered the suspects in the front yard and opened fire, fatally injuring one of the men.

    Bishop spent the night in the hospital, according to his wife. Police said he has a fractured skull.

    Authorities have identified the suspect who was killed as 27-year-old Terry Adams Jr. of Ashland City.

    Adams has multiple convictions in Cheatham County for auto burglary, felony theft and aggravated assault. He was also convicted in Nashville for attempted burglary. Adams pleaded guilty last year to felony meth possession and unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon in Nashville. At the time of last night’s home invasion, Adams was wanted for probation violation warrants that were issued March 20.

    WSMV

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  20. Entirely off-topic, but hopefully not unwelcome:

    I tonight finished reading, on Patterico’s recommendation in September 2017, Bill Browder’s book Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice (2015).

    The most recent Russian nerve agent attack in Britain prompted me to advance it on my mental “to-read” list, as, frankly, did my recent completion of the three-volume “Red Sparrow” spy novel series. The book’s prose is serviceable and its story increasingly gripping. Near the end of it, Browder wrote:

    I now understand how completely naive I was to think that as a foreigner I was somehow immune to the barbarity of the Russian system. I’m not the one who’s dead, but someone [Sergei Magnitsky] is dead because of me and my actions, and tehre is nothing I can do to bring him back.

    I was glad to read this self-appraisal, because despite my enjoyment of the book, my own judgment about Browder had reached that same conclusion much, much, much earlier in the book. Browder is a hustler, a bottom-fisher in the age of instant worldwide digital finance, and thus — necessarily, and unsurprisingly — a nearly shameless self-promoter. I wouldn’t trust him with a penny of my own pension, frankly, and I doubt we’d become friends.

    But he continued, in that same paragraph, with this:

    … But I can carry on creating a legacy for Sergei and pursuing justice for his family.

    And that, in his second career as an anti-oligarchy publicist and activist, he has indeed done righteous work, far more worthy of respect than his bottom-fishing finance exploits. I am glad I read the book, despite having already read a lot about the underlying story here and elsewhere, and I thank our host for his own review and discussion of it.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  21. Agree with you, Beldar. The last two great reads for me came from Patterico’s suggestions. The other being the chickens!t club.

    mg (9e54f8)

  22. it’s so sad when judges die

    it’s worse than puppies

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  23. I HAD A DREAM MY LIFE WOULD BE

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  24. Now how does that square with using his enemies publicists as an intelligence source and the basis for a visa warrant.

    narciso (d1f714)

  25. Is you make joke? Potato funnier that Carlson Tucker.

    nk (dbc370)

  26. No hes the straight man, the acts audition for the role of costello.

    narciso (d1f714)

  27. ugh can’t believe they wanna do siege on gazas during easter bunny

    gonna have to kill some b!tches now

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  28. Its keeping with the anniversary of 1948,

    narciso (d1f714)

  29. ugh they’re so stupid just bake a cake you freaks

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  30. Tucker Carlson goes out like Howard Beale, book it.

    urbanleftbehind (cb3c35)

  31. No tucker is too mellow for Beale, o’reilly might have gotten a message from the ecumenical liberation front,

    Ps I don’t live in orange county.

    narciso (d1f714)

  32. O’Reilly’s gone full white natty or whatever the term is now, ironic considering it was white tail that brought him down

    urbanleftbehind (cb3c35)

  33. Well once the coalitions are figured out, the Berlusconi faction should threaten an occupation if they don’t sack Franny.

    urbanleftbehind (cb3c35)

  34. Salving might care, the five star doesn’t.

    narciso (d1f714)

  35. We really have reached the ridiculousness of weinateins dogma, from nearly 20 years ago

    narciso (d1f714)

  36. Yay! Thank the Good Lord this Good Friday for juries who understand when famous but incompetent government popos, aided and abetted by overreaching dot.gov prosecutors, try to scapegoat a widow for their own miserable failures. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/us/noor-salman-pulse-trial-verdict.html

    nk (dbc370)

  37. Right and she skipped down for 6 months because she was sampling the vineyards,

    narciso (d1f714)

  38. In case you don’t click links, Noor Salman was acquitted on all counts. Dot.gov had the Constitutional disadvantage of having to try the case where the crime occurred by a jury who gave a hoot about who was guilty of what.

    nk (dbc370)

  39. The purged the one sensible judge on thud ninth circus, mostly for his crimethink.

    narciso (d1f714)

  40. Right and she skipped down for 6 months because she was sampling the vineyards,

    Or to escape lynch mobs and wackos? Remember Zimmerman whom Florida Man went after with a gun in broad daylight right on the public highway?

    nk (dbc370)

  41. The reverse was true, the press ignored her and treated him like Sam shepherd,

    narciso (d1f714)

  42. She was the lowest hanging fruit I’ll admit:
    http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/06/17/nyu-paid-orlando-jihadis-trip-saudi-arabia

    But the bureau was focused on other pressing matters

    narciso (d1f714)

  43. It was a neat trick (and by “neat” I mean dirty) for the government not to reveal to the defense that the shooter’s daddy had been an FBI informant for thirty years until Palm Sunday in the middle of the trial. If I had been the judge, I would have declared a mistrial with jeopardy.

    nk (dbc370)

  44. Eleven years with the bureau, probably that long with the
    company,

    narciso (d1f714)

  45. Thank you. I thought I had read 1986 somewhere.

    nk (dbc370)

  46. “Feel good story of the day”

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    How was that cretin not behind bars?

    harkin (8256c3)

  47. Schwarzenegger death watch I’m ordering a chicken biscuit

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  48. Recall the head of the Afghan station Milton bearden didn’t know his opposite humid gul was the godfather of the taliban, so they aren’t too sharp, Marie harf, I rest my case.

    narciso (d1f714)

  49. The wikipedia describes Arnold Schwarzeneggar’s children by their relationship to John F Kennedy.

    It’s like ~~ Patrick Arnold Shriver Schwarzenegger an American actor and model, is a great-nephew of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, as well as the late United States Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, also the elder son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, a member of the Kennedy family.

    Katherine Eunice Schwarzenegger is an American author and the oldest daughter of actor/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and broadcast journalist Maria Shriver. A member of the Kennedy family, Schwarzenegger is a great-niece of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States.

    Let me qualify that, the Schwarzeneggar children that wikipedia deigns to mention are described by their relationship to the Kennedy family (possibly due to their relationship to the Kennedys – not all of them have a wiki – possibly the deciding factor of their having a page of their own).

    So if you want to get your own glowingly positive referential borderline worshipful wikipedia entry all you have to do is be issued forth from the loins of Maria Schriver.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  50. “Schwarzenegger death watch…….”

    “The rep says Arnold’s recovering from surgery and is in stable condition. His first words after waking up: “I’m back.””

    http://m.tmz.com/#2018/03/30/arnold-schwarzenegger-open-heart-surgery-valve-replacement/

    harkin (8256c3)

  51. I wish him a speedy recovery. Even if his biggest accomplishment is being the inspiration for the character of Jorgen von Strangle, the toughest fairy in Fairy World.

    nk (dbc370)

  52. If the Pope says Hell doesn’t exist, then the Pope is NOT AT ALL a Christian.

    Matthew 18:6 6″If anyone causes one of these little ones-those who believe in me-to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

    Jesus said that about this current Pope, among many others who claim to be preaching the Holy Word but aren’t.

    John Hitchcock (45c872)

  53. “His first words after waking up: “I’m back.””

    Nahhhh “it is not a tumah?”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  54. Hey, John!

    nk (dbc370)

  55. Hey, nk. I’ve been reading some of the articles here from time to time, but this is the first time in a long time I’ve looked in on the comments.

    John Hitchcock (45c872)

  56. Yes, John there is also the warning in 2 Timothy, how is your family doing?

    narciso (d1f714)

  57. As for the Pope saying there is no hell, it’s #FakeNews put out by a fake news atheist reporter.

    nk (dbc370)

  58. One of my mother’s 2 sisters passed this week, due to lung and liver cancer. (I’m rather ambivalent about it, and I don’t do funerals.) My daughter graduated cum laude last year, and has been working at US Bank, first in Columbus, now in Charlotte, catching fraudsters and money launderers.

    John Hitchcock (45c872)

  59. My condolences for your aunt and congratulations to your daughter.

    nk (dbc370)

  60. Sorry to hear that, John, prayers for her,

    NJ, he keeps talking to scalfaro, its like relying on say miss haberman,

    narciso (d1f714)

  61. My son-in-law had a couple seizures (again) and now he’s a former police detective. Last I heard, he wants to check on becoming a real estate agent in NC.

    John Hitchcock (45c872)

  62. And congratulations on your daughter.

    narciso (d1f714)

  63. Best wishes, Mr. Hitchcock…

    The Adventures of Duke Howard, teh Shark Whisperer of Carpinteria…

    Carpinteria — On March 19, 2018 Duke Howard reported the following; “Just in from a paddle. Calm. Limited water visibility. Sunny. Went to Point (Padaro) and back. Saw a seal and about six or seven dolphins. Saw a 6 – 7 foot white shark right in front of my house when I got back. It crossed my bow, under the water, about as close as 3 feet in front of me on its way out. It is not too deep where I encounter the shark. Maybe about 20 yards out just outside the small breakers. This took place about 1:20 PM.” Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee

    Carpinteria — On March 28, 2018 Duke Howard reported the following; “I went paddleboarding earlier today. At about 11:00 AM it was sunny with limited water visibility. I observed two juvenile Great White Sharks, each about 7 feet in length, 30 yards from the beach and 0.5 miles up from my house in the cove between Padaro Point and Santa Claus Beach. They did not appear to be that interested in my SUP or me. One was on the surface in front of me with its dorsal fin exposed and the other was to the rear. At about 2:00 PM I went for a second paddle and saw two juvenile Great White Sharks each about 7 feet in length. They probably were the same sharks I had observed earlier in the day. However, this time they were only three or four houses from my entry location just above the ‘Slough Creek.’ They were still fairly close to each other and again were unconcerned by my presence.” Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.

    Carpinteria — On March 29, 2018 Duke Howard reported the following; “I paddled again today. It was sunny with 3 – 5 feet of underwater visibility. I observed a Great White Shark, about 7 feet in length, 30 – 40 yards from shore between Slough Creek and Padaro Point. I noticed what I believe to be a tag on its dorsal fin. Sometime later I came upon a second shark about the same size but with no tag. Again, they were unconcerned with my board and me.” Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.

    .

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  64. The astroturf has made him their poster child. Wanna bet Bloomberg is not payrolling him?

    nk (dbc370)

  65. But what’s going with Selena Gomez? Now she dumps the Weeknd to go back to Justin Bieber for the umpteenth time. Like, dude, it’s so random.

    nk (dbc370)

  66. You are trying to decide who is more stable, a quixotic exercise.

    narciso (d1f714)

  67. And steyer and of course the Joyce foundation,

    narciso (d1f714)

  68. Actually, the question foremost in my mind (and I’m only half joking) is whether David Hogg has stopped eating Tide pods. I linked this before: Only about 10% of the Tide pod muncher marchers were under 18.

    nk (dbc370)

  69. Odd how they covered that with a pilow.

    narciso (d1f714)

  70. Reinhardt has done much to break institutions

    https://amgreatness.com/2018/03/29/what-frightens-the-left-most-the-constitution/

    narciso (d1f714)

  71. This is their more common trick:

    This article going to be as well received as the news that the alleged 800,000 attendees the organizers claimed that came to march, were in fact only 200,000.

    The way they work it, before the event they report: “About 800,000 people are expected to attend.” When only 200,000 show up, they don’t report that number at all. So the 800,000 is what stays up. But they haven’t actually misreported anything. Their journalistic integrity is intact. (Sarc)

    nk (dbc370)

  72. Nancy Pelosi is going to be too busy washing feet to stand for Speaker:

    An estimated 1,500 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador started a month-long journey on Sunday to the United States, where they intend to seek political asylum. Organizers say the “refugee caravan” includes many women, unaccompanied minors, and entire families who are migrating through Mexico any way they can.

    The migrants started their journey in Tapachula, Chiapas, near the Guatemala–Mexico border around 7 AM on Sunday. They walked, took public transportation, and hitchhiked their way to their first destination in the town of Huixtla, where many of the migrants camped outdoors. Their entire journey is more than 2,000 miles long.

    Splinternews

    Pinandpuller (f27599)

  73. Actress Allison Mack is now the authorities’ sights over her alleged role as a recruiter for a sex cult following the arrest of co-founder Keith Raniere, according to one report.
    Mack, who played Clark Kent’s love interest Chloe Sullivan in CW series Smallville, has been allegedly named a co-conspirator in the case, the group’s former publicist Frank Parlato has claimed.
    Mack, 34, will reportedly face sex trafficking charges after allegedly working alongside former co-star, Emmy Award-winning actress Kristin Kreuk to recruit other women into the NXIVM cult.
    “Allison was used, as was Kristen, as a lure to bring in other women because of their celebrity status,” the NY Post has quoted Parlato as saying.
    According to the complaint, Raniere — known within the group as “Vanguard” — oversaw a barbaric system in which women were told the best way to advance was to become a “slave” overseen by “masters”.

    MSN

    Pinandpuller (f27599)

  74. Hillary isn’t the only Clinton NXIVM officials are attracted to.

    At least three of them – group President Nancy Salzman and the Bronfman sisters – are members of Bill’s charitable organization, the Clinton Global Initiative. Membership is by invitation only and requires at least a $15,000 donation per person for one year.

    NXIVM spokesman Frank Roberts told The Post the organization doesn’t have a presidential candidate it is officially backing.

    Last month, the Albany Times Union reported that NXIVM associates gave $31,600 to the state Republican Senate Campaign Committee and provided $34,763 worth of air transportation.

    The recent campaign contributions led one close observer of NXIVM to speculate that the group is trying to curry favor for its effort to expand training centers upstate.

    In the 1990s, several states investigated the Raniere-run Consumer Buyline Inc., a marketing firm in which members were paid commissions for recruiting new members.

    A 1992 Arkansas lawsuit filed by Bill Clinton’s then-attorney general, Winston Bryant, charged Raniere, Cafritz and two others with fraud and business deception. Soon after, then-New York AG Robert Abrams sued CBI, branding it “illegal.”

    Raniere didn’t admit wrongdoing, but agreed to pay hefty fines in both states.

    NY Post

    Pinandpuller (f27599)

  75. Boss Hogg would be so disappointed in his great nephew or great grandson.

    urbanleftbehind (c94848)

  76. 79, they’re going to try the Hill maneuver from Born in East L.A.

    urbanleftbehind (c94848)


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