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June 22, 2004


New York Post calls for Calabresi's resignation

Following up on my post yesterday: the New York Post today ran an editorial lambasting Second Circuit judge Guido Calabresi for his inflammatory remarks comparing Bush's ascension to power to those of Mussolini and Hitler. The Post goes so far as to call on Judge Calabresi to resign. (via Howard Bashman)

Bashman also posts the following remarkable account from WNBC-4 New York (from Associated Press reports) last month (emphasis added):

As he traveled around New Haven, the president appeared to be suffering no ill effects from a fall from a mountain bike Saturday other than visible minor abrasions and scratches on his chin, upper lip, nose and right hand. He also had minor abrasions and scratches to both knees, the White House said.

The president left Tweed-New Haven Airport in New Haven aboard Air Force One shortly before 7 p.m. First lady Laura Bush was expected to stay at Yale through Tuesday.

About 50 protesters gathered at Levin's home Sunday afternoon. They denounced the president and the war in Iraq, while holding signs saying "Uproot Bush" and "Resist This Endless War."

The crowd was a mix of students and older Yale graduates.

Anne Tyler Calabresi, 69, of Woodbridge, said she was protesting on behalf of herself and her husband, 2nd Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi, a Yale graduate and former dean of the Yale School of Law.

"I'm profoundly worried about the way this country is going," she said. "And I'm furious about the lies George Bush has told to us again and again. He has led us into a war that is destroying our reputation around the world and creating implacable enemies around the world that we didn't have one year ago."

UPDATE June 23: The Wall Street Journal didn't go as far as the Post, but did call for sanctions against Calabresi. Also, check out Josh Gerstein's follow-up article on the scandal in today's New York Sun. (via Bashman)

UPDATE June 25: Judge Calabresi has now apologized for his remarks, according to articles in today's New York Sun, New York Times, and newswires. Calabresi's statement to Chief Judge John Walker reads, in part: "Although what I was trying to do was make a rather complicated academic argument about the nature of reelections after highly contested original elections, that is not the way my words, understandably, have been taken. . . . I can also see why this occurred, despite my statements at the time that what I was saying should not be construed in a partisan way. . . . I am truly sorry and apologize profusely for the episode and most particularly for any embarrassment my remarks may have caused you, my colleagues, and the court."

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