from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In English law, a writ, now obsolete, directed to the sheriff, empowering him to hold plea of debt in his county court: so called from the significant word in the opening clause of the writ, in Latin, “we command you that you justice A. B.,” etc
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The decision is clear, its mainly a matter of the personal courage and intellectual honesty of the justicies.
The Republican party isn't finished: it is within one seat of a majority in the US Senate; most of the justicies in the Supreme Court were appointed by Republicans, they have huge power at state level and they have a couple of credible candidates for the Presidency next time.
Given that the justicies agreed that redrawing a district between censuses was okay, and that a majority found one district violated the law, there's every incentive for the losing group in a redistricting battle to take it to court.
Luis Roberto Barroso, a law professor at Rio de Janeiro State University, argued in a friend-of-the-court appearance before the justicies that allowing same-sex civil unions would mean "overcoming historical discrimination."
Having said that, I agree that the State of the Union address has become political theater - and really isn't a place for the Supreme Court justicies to attend en masse.