House Republicans: “Out of Control” Judges Not A Problem

From Holden:

Yo, Tom DeLay – Amelia Earhart called, she has your clout in her carry-on.

House Republicans say they haven’t opened and don’t plan any new investigations of federal judges after Terri Schiavo’s death despite Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s promise to examine the judiciary’s conduct.


A majority of Republicans think that unless it can be proven that judges did something illegal, they should be left alone, said GOP Rep. Bob Inglis of South Carolina, who also sits on the Judiciary Committee.

”I think we should be very, very careful about exercising legislative oversight of case-specific decisions in federal court, unless it rises to the level of judicial misconduct, in which case it’s certainly appropriate to remove judges,” Inglis said. ”But I don’t think that happened in this case.”

Texas GOP Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, a DeLay ally who leads the Judiciary subcommittee that handles court oversight, has not scheduled any new investigations or hearings, said a spokesman.