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Conservative-Leaning Supreme Court Under Fire: ‘Incredibly Dishonest’

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Todd Eddins, a Justice on the Hawaii Supreme Court, criticized the U.S. Supreme Court for being “incredibly dishonest”.

Conservative justices

The Supreme Court has been under scrutiny by legal experts for its decisions on issues like abortion rights, with critics accusing the conservative justices of disregarding precedent.

Public support

Additionally, the court has been embroiled in ethics scandals, leading to the adoption of an ethics code in November last year. Recent polls indicate a decline in public support for the Supreme Court.

The court

A Gallup survey in September 2023 revealed that only 41 percent of Americans approve of the court’s performance, while 58 percent disapprove. This marks a shift from September 2018 when 51 percent approved and 40 percent disapproved. Todd Eddins, appointed to Hawaii’s top court by former Democratic Governor David Ige in 2020, has expressed disapproval of some of the court’s rulings in his legal writings.

Second Amendment

He has particularly criticized the conservative justices’ “originalist” approach to interpreting the law, as seen in his dissent in the case State v. Wilson, where he diverged from the court’s stance on the Second Amendment.

Recent interview

According to the National Constitution Center, originalism is the principle that “the constitutional text ought to be given the original public meaning that it would have had at the time that it became law.” In a recent interview with Slate released on Tuesday, Eddins expressed his dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court.

The value judgments

He mentioned that he believes the justices “cherry pick history” when they choose historical facts to support their decisions, condemning originalism for resurrecting “the value judgments of a racist, misogynistic, homophobic society and constrains the value judgments of contemporary judges.”

Their rulings

Crafting the Wilson verdict was a “pretty fun process because the U.S. Supreme Court has ‘totally disregarded the text, history, tradition, and purpose of the Second Amendment’ in their rulings on gun rights,” he said.

The originalism

“So in Wilson, we decided to play on the originalism playing field and show how the justices were incredibly dishonest about how law and facts are cherry-picked. That was not a difficult thing to do,” he said.

Keep and bear arms

Interestingly, the constitution of Hawaii contains language that parallels the U.S. Constitution, stating, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Weapons in public

Although the Supreme Court has interpreted the Second Amendment as granting individuals the right to bear arms, Eddins expressed in his ruling that he views it as being more focused on militias, as reported by Reuters. He wrote, “Those words do not support a right to possess lethal weapons in public for possible self-defense.”

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  1. H Manuel Montes

    May 26, 2024 at 4:25 pm

    Eddins forgets that the second amendment states the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear arms shall (and Shall is the strong word meaning WILL NOT) be infringed, And THE PEOPLE doesn’t mean members of the militia, it means all citizens. So Eddins, take your progressive, feelings off the Constitution. You are the one who is making me laugh with your shallow and debunked meaning of the 2A. If you were going to be in the militia, which most citizens were, then you better know already how to work your weapon. The 2A is clear, it mentions the militia as one example of why THE PEOPLE needed to have and use their weapons. It was assumed that self defense would not be used to weaken the right since that is what Progressives try to do, take our rights. I plan to increase my weapon count because of numb sculls like the Hawaii ‘judge’, Follow the law, not your feelings.

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