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Federal judge agrees with Andy Martin, Illinois law is unconstitutional

February 24, 2007

CONTRARIAN COMMENTARY FOR February 24, 2006

WHERE’S OBAMA?

I TOLD YOU SO: PART FOUR

SUDAN LAW WAS A JOKE, A FEDERAL JUDGE AGREES

WHO’S THE REAL “CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLAR” IN ILLINOIS

(CHICAGO)(February 24, 2007) Last year, during the primary election season, I filed a lawsuit against State Treasurer Judy Topinka in her official capacity. That meant I was not suing her personally but rather challenging the authority of her office to take action under the U. S. and Illinois constitutions.

My lawsuit said that Topinka’s support for a “Sudan disinvestment law” sponsored by State Senator Jacqueline Collins was a mistake and a sign of Topinka’s pandering to legislators. My lawsuit claimed that the state law barring investments in Sudan was unconstitutional. The case was filed in circuit court in Sangamon County. It’s a public record.

Given the rather low level of intelligence of Chicago’s news media, and their failure to intelligently investigate either Blagojevich’s or Topinka’s overall fitness as candidates, the Sudan issue was ignored and Topinka was later defeated.

I did not press my lawsuit, however, because I did not want to be accused of being disloyal to Judy during the election season; I had endorsed her for election after the primary. And so I waited until after the election, with its unfortunate result, to reactivate the case. The holiday season being what it is, I didn’t get around to looking at my state court folder until this month.

In the meantime, last August the National Foreign Trade Council had filed a parallel federal court lawsuit to my state court action.

Friday, a federal judge agreed with the Council and me and entered an injunction declaring the Sudan disinvestment law unconstitutional.

Once again, my legal reasoning and in particular my constitutional analysis of misguided public policy in Illinois proved correct. I have a forty-year track record of accurate and prescient legal reasoning. It’s a public record.

Not to put too fine appoint on it, but there is another Illinoisan whom the media describe as a “constitutional scholar.” Yup, none other than Barry (Barack) Obama. Can Obama point to any lawsuit or judicial decision where his constitutional claims were vindicated, where his name appears on the papers? I doubt it. Obama’s constitutional “scholarship” exists mainly in his own mind, and in the minds of media sycophants who want to believe what they want to believe–and the facts be damned.

I tip my hat to Obama as a world-class Kool-Aid salesman, the best since Jimmy Jones. But I don’t think for a minute that Barry O is even remotely a constitutional scholar.

Just mark your notebooks–

I told you so. It’s a public record.

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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. He is a chronicler of all things Midwestern and the authentic Voice of Middle America. © Copyright Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers national and international politics with forty years of personal experience. Columns also posted at politicalgateway.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639.

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