Wednesday, June 11, 2008

40 Years of Neo-Con Court Appointments and Now THIS

This story comes with a hat tip to a fellow Julie Group member. After forty years of ultra-conservative packing of courts which has resulted in Lady Justice wearing the scales of Justice like a dunce cap instead of a metric of fine balance of law, comes this nugget.

A Connecticut judge is doing for law enforcement what Reagan, Bush, and Bush have done for the courts - dumb them down to near moronic states of competence. From the New York Times, METRO NEWS BRIEFS: CONNECTICUT; Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores:
In a ruling made public on Tuesday, Judge Peter C. Dorsey of the United States District Court in New Haven agreed that the plaintiff, Robert Jordan, was denied an opportunity to interview for a police job because of his high test scores. But he said that that did not mean Mr. Jordan was a victim of discrimination.

Judge Dorsey ruled that Mr. Jordan was not denied equal protection because the city of New London applied the same standard to everyone: anyone who scored too high was rejected.

Mr. Jordan, 48, who has a bachelor's degree in literature and is an officer with the State Department of Corrections, said he was considering an appeal. ''I was eliminated on the basis of my intellectual makeup,'' he said. ''It's the same as discrimination on the basis of gender or religion or race.''
Maybe this is just another good excuse to stop raising standards in high school. Instead of creating Jackass home videos, the Darwinian-challenged drop-outs of tomorrow will be issued tasers, badges, fast cars, and a license to kill, menace, and trample the Constitution because hiring intelligent officers is bad for business.

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