December 11, 2009. New York, NY – Today, U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon granted a preliminary injunction against the United States for unconstitutionally withholding funds from ACORN. In its decision, the court found that there is a likelihood the plaintiffs will be able to show that Congress’ targeted defunding of ACORN violates the Constitution’s prohibition against Bills of Attainder, legislative acts which single out a specific person or group for punishment….
What did we say (almost at the same instant) back in September?:
Too clever by half (Blue Girl)
ACORN’s revenge (Michael Bersin)
…[L]egislative acts, no matter what their form, that apply either to named individuals or to easily ascertainable members of a group in such a way as to inflict punishment on them without a judicial trial are bills of attainder prohibited by the Constitution…
You know, is it too much to ask of members of Congress that they actually read the Constitution and understand what precedent and stare decisis mean before they trample all over everything and themselves in order to pass a bill to suck up to the talking heads on the Faux News Channel?