May 23, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - In what is being referred to as, "...perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our Nation's history..." today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision required the State of California to release nearly 50,000 felons from prison, alleging that their further incarceration violates the Constitutional prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment," and, unbelievably agreeing with the lower court, argues that such a wholesale release, "would have little or no impact on public safety..."
The dissent by Justice Thomas and Scalia was immediate and stinging, "Today the Court affirms what is perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our Nations history: an order requiring California to release the staggering number of 46,000 convicted criminals. There comes before us, now and then, a case whose proper outcome is so clearly indicated by tradition and common sense, that its decision ought to shape the law, rather than vice versa. One would think that, before allowing the decree of a federal district court to release 46,000 convicted felons, this Court would bend every effort to read the law in such a way as to avoid that outrageous result. Today, quite to the contrary, the Court disregards stringently drawn provisions of the governing statute, and traditional constitutional limitations upon the power of a federal judge, in order to uphold the absurd."