Politics Best State Supreme Court Footnote Ever
posted by December 7 at 10:55 AMon
The Washington State Supreme Court today struck down Tim Eyman’s tax-cutting Initiative 776 as unconstitutional, which means that Sound Transit can continue to collect its famous car-tab taxes. The decision was 8-1 in favor of Sound Transit, with Justice Richard Sanders offering the lone dissent.
And oh, the loneliness of the single man who is convinced that he is right and the rest of the world is wrong. As the sharp-eyed Postman reports, it’s enough to make a guy start quoting The Rolling Stones in his footnotes.
Justice Richard Sanders was the lone dissenter. And he relies on a compelling legal source in a footnote:In principle, I admire the Lochnerian rigor with which the majority defends the sanctity of contractual obligation. Lochner v. New York, 198 U.S.45, 25 S. Ct. 539, 49 L. Ed. 937 (1905). Unfortunately, its proposed remedy finds no support in the law. In contracts, as in love, “you can’t always get what you want,” but the law of remedies ensures “you get what you need.”8
8 The Rolling Stones, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, on Let It Bleed (ABKCO 1969).