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Separation of Powers, RIP?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Nov 20, 2003

Today, in a historic 4-3 decision, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that all existing state laws are null and void, the legislature is dissolved, and the 4-judge majority will re-write all state laws by themselves.

OK, I made that up. It didn't really happen.

But if it did, would we see at least one editorial complaining that the court had exceeded its jurisdiction, and threatened the constitutional separation of powers? Would we hear at least one legislator saying that the runaway justices must be removed from office?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 20, 2003 8:54 PM ET USA

    Until the executive and legislative branches are willing to depose the tyrants in the court system, the separation of powers will be dead but there won't be peace. Unfortunately, the generation currently in power is not only America's most destructive but also America's most gutless. We see it in government and in our Church hierarchy and in the business world. Baby boomers are more interested in getting along with each other no matter the price than standing for any moral principle.