Pensions, Conflicts Of Interest And The Illinois Supreme Court (June 1, 2015)

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7          “How the h-e-double hockey sticks can the Illinois Supreme Court rule on a matter that goes to the heart of its and its members core fundamental financial interests – their pensions.”

9          “They are judges.  Period.”

7          “The court as an institution was obligated to recuse itself.  Each justice should have recused himself and herself.”

9          “They are judges.  Period.”

7          “No one will ever get a fair hearing on the matter before a partial court.  Judges like to make a public spectacle about recusing themselves for some minor insignificant matter to give the appearance that the system is fair and impartial.”

9          “They are judges.  Period.”

7          “The constitutional language cited by the court is aspirational and premised on a functioning economic and political system.”

9          “They are judges.  Period.”

7          “The plausible arguments are rejected with some snitty aside that ‘the argument is absolutely without merit’ or some such intellectually dishonest drivel.  And then the court sanctions the attorney.”

9          “They are judges.  Period.  They do what they want to do.  Period.  It is not that difficult.  Period.”

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[See the e-commentary at Pensions and Other Entitlements: Pt. 1 (April 14, 2008), Pensions and Other Entitlements: Pt. 2 (April 28, 2008) and June – Celebrate Terrorism-Free Month (June 2, 2014).]

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Celebrate Terrorism-Free Month in June.  Reject your fears for a few weeks and reflect on your hopes for a few minutes.

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