Monday, June 18, 2007

A Surprise Unanimity from the Supremes

In a surprising -- some might say shocking -- unanimous decision today, the US Supreme Court came solidly down on the side of freedom and individual rights.

The case was Brendlin v. California, and the crux of it is that a passenger in a car that is stopped by the cops without probable cause can't be detained on evidence that results from that stop.

It's been a long-standing precedent that the driver of the car has had that protection. But the passengers have been in a kind of legal limbo until now.

So it's hats off to the five neofascist members of the court, who were, I was sure, going to vote the other way.

Maybe there's some hope after all.