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12/06/2010

The wheels on the Prop 8 spin machine go 'Reinhardt's an activist'

by Jeremy Hooper

As we head into today's Prop 8 appeal, the social cons are aggressively working the "judicial panel is skewed" talking point:

Reinhardt, considered to be one of the most radical and liberal judges in the nation, has seen many of his decisions overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on appeal. Nevertheless, he has stated he will be able to rule impartially on this appeal.

[Alliance Defense Fund's Jordan] Lorence contends that if Reinhardt actually does that, Prop. 8 may be able to stand in court. "We believe that if he gives a fair reading of the Supreme Court precedent that he will see that he has binding precedent on him as a lower-court judge to affirm Prop. 8," the ADF attorney remarks, "and that there is no basis in the case law to invalidate Prop. 8 the way that the district court did in this case."

Prop. 8 - all eyes on Ninth Circuit panel [ONN]

They're working the Reinhardt angle because it gives them the convenient angle to work if/when an unfavorable decision comes their way. They know that they are likely to lose, so they know that the postmortems are going to be key. In this case, it looks like "far-left radical Reinhardt" is going to be the headline, with the judge surely to be crafted into a pro-gay mastermind, his influence will be painted as undue, and his viewpoints presented as flawed unless they fully agree with civil discrimination.

In numerous "pro-family" offices, the press releases are already written. But remember, media: "For immediate release" doesn't mean "Forgo intellectual scrutiny."

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