I don't believe we have met, although I have been entertained by your libertarian e-mails for awhile now. Allow me to introduce myself.
I'm a lawyer who's been practicing for over 26 years. In addition to the usual legal practice, I have also represented law-abiding gun owners against the gun grabbers. I also represented pro-lifers (successfully) in 1994 when powerful special interests attempted to purge them from the primary election ballot. Before I was a lawyer, I was a county chairman for Ronald Reagan in 1976.
My conservative credentials run wide and deep. So I was more than a little concerned about the distortions and conclusions in your e-mail regarding the retention election this November 8 for a friend of freedom in Pennsylvania, Justice Sandra Schultz Newman.
Distortions? You allude to the current Pennsylvania Supreme Court having ruled on the July midnight surprise (the pay raise and the unvouchered expenses). They have not.
Then you made sweeping recommendations about the retention election next week. Please let me address the question of Justice Newman's record. Perhaps you will see why we need to retain her.
Justice Newman was one of two Justices last year to hold that "no registry" in the Uniform Firearms Act means just that - "no registry". She rejected the Big Government stretches of the Governor's office and the mainstream media.
In 2001, Justice Newman voted in favor of free speech and against prior restraints on political ads, an area of intense concern for pro-gun, pro-life, and conservative activists. I know - I helped litigate that case.
But that's not the point. The point is what was discovered more than twenty years ago when a clueless "New York Times" reporter was covering a Senate race in Idaho. At a rally, speaker after speaker tipped the hat to "the three boxes of our liberty." Finally, the reporter asked someone in the crowd, "What are these three boxes I keep hearing about?"
The man looked at the reporter with surprise and said, "The ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box."
So I'll vote "Yes" to retain Justice Sandra Schultz Newman on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. When liberty's in the dock, she's one of the judges I'd want hearing the case.
I wrote to the sender with thanks for the feedback and asked, "Can I publish this on my blog? Do you want your name used? Do you want your email used? Do you want to have me scrub it to take out the personal stuff?
It's OK to use my name & e-mail. Thanks for asking. And thanks for keeping liberty issues before us here in Western Pennsylvania.