Monday 14 February 2011
Our Corporate Courts ☀
Take U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson in Virginia. On December 13, he ruled that a key provision of the new law is unconstitutional. His decision is at odds with 14 other federal judges who’d dismissed similar challenges. He had to resort to twisted reasoning to reach his verdict and keep the right wing’s flawed case moving. But, hey—you can’t let legal niceties get in the way of ideology.
Peek under Hudson’s judicial robe and you’ll find a naked partisan with a long career in hard-right Republican politics. A protégé of Ronald Regan and his detestable attorney general Ed Meese, Hudson ran unsuccessfully for a Virginia congressional seat in 1991. As consolation, he got two GOP political appointments in the state before George W. Bush put him on the federal bench in 2002.
Even today, as he sits in judgment of politically motivated cases, Hudson continues to draw an annual income as an owner of a Republican political consulting firm. One of the firm’s successful clients in 2009 was Ken Cuccinelli, just elected as Virginia’s attorney general. And Ken just happens to be the official who filed the right-wing’s case against Obama’s health care reform in Judge Hudson’s court.
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