March 4, 2015

California Governor Brown To Feds: “We Can Handle Our Own Prisons.”

September 4, 2013

State Sovereignty

| I firmly believe in the Tenth Amendment and I want all citizens to understand the concept that “nullification…is the rightful remedy” when the federal government reaches beyond its constitutional powers.

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By Dr. Harold Pease

In early summer, California Governor Jerry Brown and state corrections chief Jeffrey Beard were in great danger of being held in contempt by three federal judges for willful defiance of a court order requiring the administration to meet a Dec. 31 deadline for reducing the prison population in California.  Brown had previously asked the federal government to back off on federal mandated prison requirements, “We can handle our own prisons,” he said.

Can he constitutionally say no to the federal government?

Yes, and he should.

Besides the obvious, that Californians do not want their convicts returned to society too easily, voiding the acts of juries and judges after they spent thousands of hours deciding what is just with respect to their crimes and their danger to society, federal enforcement of such is unconstitutional.  The Constitution gives the federal government only 17 grants of power, listed in Article I, Section 8, and managing federal prisons is not one of them. Nor has that power been added to the Constitution by way of amendment.  In fact, the Constitution names only four crimes …

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  • MarcB1969

    Disingenuous liberals will invoke state sovereignty when it suits them, but declare everybody else a neo-confederate if they happen to bristle at federal overreach.

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