UPDATE: As comments continue about Gabriel Martin, we're going to leave the post up through Tuesday so more people can share their thoughts and memories.
We started on Google+. Our first post is about Gabe Martin. Somehow you need to be added to a circle to post a comment. One nice thing about Google+: no anonymous comments.
Maybe the link is this?
(Gabriel Martin- a sad update below. )
The Supreme Court begins its 2012-2013 term today with a Court led by chief justice John Roberts that is markedly different from the court that ended the 2011-2012 term. Different not in personnel. Different in that the court might just be a bit more unsteady. The traditional 4-4 split with Justice Kennedy casting the deciding vote was put in jeopardy when CJ Roberts became the swing vote in the health care case last term. This is not the first time we have written that in the health care case Roberts was able to have his cake (knocking down the power of the commerce clause- something conservatives having been pining for since Heart of Atlanta Motel and Katzenbach v. McClung) and eat it too (casting the deciding vote upholding the health care law and keeping the court out of the middle of the presidential election).
This term will be marked not by one big case, but by several. The court will hear cases invoking the 1964 voting rights act, same sex marriage, and affirmative action in college admissions (Bakke and Grutter v. Bollinger revisited?).
This could be a very bumpy term for those who do not want to see Alito, Scalia, and Thomas writing majority opinions in commerce clause and affirmative action cases. To his credit, Roberts may have sacrificed a pawn in the health care case to place the liberals in check this session. We shall see.
Word has reached us that Gabe Martin passed away over the weekend at age 37. A former assistant pubic defender, Gabe made news running against Bennett Brummer, his boss, in an election earlier this decade. Mr. Martin lost, and he and assistant public defender Lonnie Richardson were subsequently fired. Then they sued the PDs office and clobbered them in federal court. We reported on the lawsuit in one of our first posts here. (Brummer Bummer is still one of favourite posts because it put us on the map.) Gabe Martin went on to have some professional problems unrelated to his work as a PD or the election or the lawsuit, which we wrote about here.
Life is a long, strange journey. Sometimes a wild ride, sometimes a quite canoe drifting in calm waters. For Gabe Martin, the ride ended all too soon. Rest in peace Gabriel Martin.
"We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give."
Try giving a little bit more. See you in court.