Courts seize too much power

The Madison County Record Oct. 4, 2009, 2:51am

To the editor:

Why should a judge be allowed to decide the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the use of tax increment financing used to create a blighted district so that political cronies in Belleville can reap windfall profits?

This is not a question of deciding law, it is a question of equity.

Equity supersedes opinions, common law and statute law. Most U.S. judges have abandoned equity, having no judicial maturity or sense of justice to adhere to this guiding principal. They foist their phony, self-serving opinions (stare decisis) as law.

The question of deciding the outcome of the recent lawsuit in Belleville concerning Green Mount Commons should be decided by a jury as a question of equity, judges should not be allowed to decide these kind of matters.

From the time of Marbury vs. Madison, 1803, the Courts have seized too much power.

They do not govern, they rule this country. The U.S. Supreme Court continues to violate the Constitution.

They have made the Bill of Rights a Bill of Privileges, to be licensed and taxed. The time has come to rein in this runaway clique of royalty.

How to start? Elect U.S. Supreme Court judges by a popular election, with six-year terms and mandatory retirement at the age of 65 years.

Charles D. Sullivan

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