You seem to be completely unable to make a point without flinging insults.
The Alabama Supreme Court is made up of 9 justices just like the USSC. Rulings take agreement of 5 of the 9 just like the USSC... So I doubt your "claimed" miss-seated justice single handedly paroled rapists and murderers and such... Interesting that it is a partisan court though. I have never seen that before and don't really understand the benefit of such a system? Justices are supposed to up hold the Constitution regardless of political affiliation. Which is why in most states they are non-partisan candidates.
So back to the subject at hand... So Alabama seem to be filled with dishonest people who want to throw elections... Deal with it (as they did) on a local level.
Now lets forget Alabama and talk about the states that attempted to pass these laws. Show me a case of voter fraud that needed addressing in New Hampshire! Or may be a case in PA that required action?
bluegrass, I'm all for voter ID. Why would anyone not be? If you have the proper identification you vote, if you don't have the proper ID (and you have four years to come up with an ID) then you don't vote. It would certainly cut out lots of phony votes. The only reason that a person would be against voter ID would be because it would be horning in on their, or their party's, ability to stuff ballot boxes. There will never be a way to make an election error-free or remove all improprieties, but the voter ID laws would remove a good portion of those...would you like that to happen. Remember, people have FOUR YEARS to acquire proper ID....ID that they should already have regardless of whether they use it to vote or not.
Sure, Alabama has had *plenty* of voting irregularities and crooked elections...but so has every state in the union...that's politics (where the word "politician" comes from and normally one of the lowest forms of life on the plant). We here in Alabama certainly don't have a monopoly on crooked politics, though we do have some politicians that are good at it.
If the wrongly seated justice did not affect cases presented to them then why don't we just have 8 justices?....because there would be deadlocks on many cases. What does the 9th justice do?....well, for one thing, he's a tie-breaker. So on any given case where there wasn't a unanimous decision or a 6-3 or better decision the improperly seated justice could be seen as the tie-breaker. Yes, it may not matter on a tremendous number of cases, but to those people who were wrongly sentenced, to the victims of criminals who were released, and to the families of both groups it means that their very lives have been put "on hold", in turmoil, and possibly destroyed. How would you like your father or daughter to be wrongly sitting in prison due to the decision of a person who, through criminal activity, was placed in a position of authority and who made the decision that put your loved one in that prison?
In regards to voting irregularities outside of Alabama that needed attention or action... You mentioned PA....go ahead and comment on the video that buzzbee linked to earlier? Intimidation by "New" Black Panthers standing in front of a polling place with clubs....? And our wonderful Attorney General of the United States probably patting these guys in the video on the back...he certainly didn't do anything to correct the situation or to pursue Federal charges against them. I wonder what nice poll-greeters Obama's folks have lined up for this year... :roll: