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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Only Two Brave Dissenters

Only two of the Eleventh Circuit’s twelve active judges were willing to issue an order directing reinsertion of Terry Schiavo's feeding tube, in the hopes that she might live long enough for the federal case not to be rendered moot. The two dissenters from the majority's rebuff of the Schindler family were Circuit Judges Gerald Bard Tjoflat and Charles R. Wilson.

Interestingly enough, President Bush's recess appointment to the Court, embattled Circuit Judge William H. Pryor Jr., voted with the majority against further review. Pryor, you may recall, was pilloried by liberals for remarks at a Christian Coalition rally in June 2003, in which he called the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade “the worst abomination of the history of constitutional law.” Pryor also remarked that the day the decision was handed down was “the day seven members of our high court ripped the Constitution and ripped out the life of millions of unborn children.”

Hmmm….. Perhaps Judge Pryor has "grown into the job" during his 13 months on the Court.

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

According to NRO's The The Corner, we don't know how Pryor voted. The Eleventh Circuit does not release the vote count, only who wins. Only two of the no votes actually wrote a dissent, but that doesn't mean there were only two no votes. It could have been anywhere from 10-2 to 7-5 and Pryor could have been one of those five.

7:44 PM, March 23, 2005  
Blogger Lance Rimpi said...

Thanks for catch, Chris. Both the New York Times and the Associated Press have since corrected the 10-2 reference, because of the 11th Circuit special local rule. In addition to the other things in this case I am praying for, is that Pryor voted with Wilson and Tjoflat.

8:11 AM, March 24, 2005  
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