This is bizarre and disturbing. There may be no better words for it. If a defendant’s lawyer sent in something like this, there would be consequences.
And it’s one thing for Senator Gillibrand, a failed presidential candidate, to pull a stunt like this, but it’s been signed by Senator Whitehouse, who apparently drafted it, Senator Hirono, Senator Blumenthal, and Senator Durbin.
5 Senate Democrats have sent a bizarre threatening brief to the Supreme Court.
“Brief” should be in quotation marks. In practice, this is a threatening letter warning the court not to rule against their political position or else.
Instead of making a legal argument, the brief claims that conservative members of the Supreme Court are conspiring with the Federalist Society, corporate interests, and the NRA.
It concludes its conspiratorial rant with a naked threat, “The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’” Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.”
This brief amounts to a threat that if the Supreme Court defends the Bill of Rights, it will be “restructured”.
It’s one thing for Democrat politicians to make such threats in public forums. Sending a threatening letter to the Supreme Court is unspeakable.
This is the sort of behavior you expect from a dictator, not from elected officials.