05.28.2014 0

Reid’s nuclear-confirmed judge ignores the law

Obama and Reid

Harry Reid and Barack Obama

By Rick Manning

A version of this article originally appeared in TheHill.com

The rule of law is officially dead in America.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has been placed on the ballot for re-election by a federal district judge in spite of universal agreement that he didn’t meet the plain-language election filing requirements.

Judge Matthew Leitman ordered that Conyers be put back on the August ballot last week after the Michigan secretary of state had denied the congressman’s appeal earlier in the day.

The dispute stems from the failure of Conyers — who has been in Congress for almost 50 years — to submit enough petition signatures to qualify for the ballot under Michigan law. No one disputes that Conyers did not meet the legal requirements to be on the ballot, but Leitman ruled that “There is evidence that their failure to comply with the Registration Statute was the result of good faith mistakes and that they believed they were in compliance with the statute.”

Not shockingly, Leitman gained his seat on the federal bench just two months ago, as a result of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) invoking the so-called nuclear option, where President Obama’s nominees can be confirmed by the Senate without the need to reach a bipartisan consensus on their worthiness. After surviving the confirmation process with only a partisan fueled 55-43 vote, Leitman has already paid off for Conyers, one of their oldest warhorses.

In Obama and Reid’s brave new world of the federal judiciary, the law doesn’t apply to you if you are politically connected and liberal enough. And Obama’s IRS scandal proves that the law will be used against you if you aren’t.

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