Clear aside the clouds of emotion for a moment and listen to Ann Althouse's lucid (and frustrated) explanation of the legal and jurisdictional complexities of the Congressional statute that TV has totally failed to get across. She's a law professor, and she's frustrated that the judges on the Schiavo case -- deeply responsible to the law the binds them -- don't get no respect:
I was tearing my hair out last night listening to all this TV analysis and not hearing any focus or even mention of the need for federal claims under the new statute. There is so much talk on TV talk news -- round and round with emotional assertions and clips of suffering faces -- but there is an abject failure to explain the actual legal points. The judges who did the work in this case can't go on the show and explain what they did, and no one serves as a proper voice for them. The audience is left to think that judges are arrogant, insulated, illegimate, and heartless. What a sorry display!
She'd probably hate to be the next Greta van Susteren, but . . . listen up, CNN.