GOP state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt describes House Speaker Bill O’Brien as a tyrant, “aided and abetted most shamefully by complicit legislators too fearful to stand up against him, who continues to author one of the darkest chapters in New Hampshire history.”
“Our democracy survives,” Vaillancourt writes, “only because while despots like Bill O’Brien can coerce weak minded legislators, they cannot bully the courts.”
The court should strike down the [New Hampshire House redistricting] plan passed by Republican leaders who fashioned a totally unconstitutional plan and then hoodwinked their members (through coercion, intimidation, and out and out bullying) into falling into line like sheep.
We should be thankful that judges are appointed for life and are not forced to fall in line with fallacious arguments like those Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt offered on the House floor last week.
Yes, we need justices who have enough time and expertise to see through the lies of legislators and to follow the laws.