Thursday, February 09, 2006

And then there were eight

Justice Tom Parker cast the deciding vote last month in a 5-4 Alabama Supreme Court ruling that a 10-cent tobacco tax in several Jefferson County cities was constitutional. Shortly thereafter, the lawyer for the losing side, having noticed that a city attorney for one of the municipalities in question was Parker's first cousin, asked for the case to be reheard.

Parker responded by recusing himself from consideration of the rehearing motion, but not before he criticized the lawyer for what he considered a personal attack: "Such impropriety should not be overlooked or allowed to continue. I will not condone similar actions by other parties that come before this court in the future."


Anonymous Hadrian said...

Once again, Tom Parker shows what a boorish dolt he truly is.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Honza Prchal said...

Parker should not have recused himself once the case had already been heard and he was the deciding vote, unless our Supremes, in contrast to the ones in Washington, have some procedure for replacing a Justice who will sit out on a case with someone else. Even so, it looks awfully like an unjustified second bite at the apple for the party with sour grapes.

12:12 PM  

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