Letter to the Editor: Attorney general’s appeal is waste of time
Again, it appears that our attorney general cannot win for losing. As mentioned in an earlier letter, I believe he has lost every major court case he has filed on behalf of the commonwealth.
Recently, he has launched a new website that appears to be his effort to get the U.S. Supreme Court justices to change their minds on their decision in a 2003 Texas case (Lawrence vs. Texas) that outlawed that state’s anti-sodomy law. He appears to be doing this because he is concerned that pedophiles might go free if Virginia’s “Crimes Against Nature” law is not revived.
Now, he already has lost his court fight on this issue. He charged a man under the Virginia law, apparently knowing what the Supreme Court had already decided in the Texas case, and apparently knowing that the Texas law and the Virginia law were pretty close to the same thing. After charging the man under the Virginia law, guess what? He lost when the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, being bound by the Supreme Court ruling, denied the sodomy charge. Well now, our Attorney General figured he’d give the Supreme Court another “bite at the apple” and appealed the 4th Circuit Court’s ruling to them again. He lost again, when they refused to hear the case.
Now, he is clearly beating a dead horse. It is not a pretty sight to see a leader of the commonwealth unable to come to terms with the fact that he cannot overrule the U.S. Supreme Court. It seems to me that our attorney general failed us all by himself when he chose to charge the man in question under a law that he knew was unconstitutional when he had other laws to charge him under.
Clearly, his decision let a pedophile go free.
I pray that our next group of leaders in the commonwealth have better judgment.
Michael Cash, Fort Valley