SMACKDOWN! Injunction Granted to ACORN Against Congressional Defunding

Epic WIN! US District Court Judge Takes Politicians to School, Refreshes Memory on Bills Of Attainder

Muriel Kane reports from The Raw Story:
A US District Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction against last September's defunding of anti-poverty group ACORN by a vote of Congress.

ACORN had filed a lawsuit claiming that Congress's action violated the explicit Constitutional prohibition against bills of attainder -- punishments handed out to an isolated individual or group by legislative proceedings rather than through the courts.

The judge agreed that "the plaintiffs have raised a fundamental issue of separation of powers. They have been singled out by Congress for punishment that directly and immediately affects their ability to continue to obtain federal funding, in the absence of any judicial, or administrative, process adjudicating guilt."

Representatives of ACORN and of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which brought the suit on their behalf, were jubilant following the ruling. CCR Vice President Jules Lobel was quoted in a CCR press release as saying, "This historic decision by the Court affirms the fundamental constitutional principle that the Congress cannot be judge, jury, and executioner."

ACORN Executive Director Bertha Lewis proclaimed that "the court's decision is a victory not only for the many dedicated citizens who work with ACORN to improve their communities and promote responsible lending and homeownership, but for the Constitution and the rights of all Americans..." >more