Contempt for Court – The Atlantic

Source: Contempt for Court – The Atlantic, by Garrett Epps

Republican lawmakers are increasingly showing disdain for decisions made the judicial branch—and by extension the rule of law.

In short, Pennsylvania is in the middle of a state constitutional crisis, and one side of the dispute is willing to threaten the independence of the state’s courts for the chance at six extra House seats.

This partisan assault on the courts is only the tip of a nationwide spear—Republican efforts to purge and remodel state courts to make sure they follow the party’s line. … The independent judiciary is all very well, until it gets in the way of one-party rule.