Judge Stevens can
back up his words
Regarding his role on the high court, newly appointed Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Correale Stevens wrote, “I appreciate, and importantly, I understand and respect the legislative process.”
It will not be long before the citizens of Pennsylvania get a chance to see exactly what Stevens means by respect for the legislative process. For he will presumably cast the decisive seventh vote to determine the unconstitutionality of the barbaric zoning provision contained within the recently enacted PA Act 13.
A Pennsylvania appellate court has already ruled that the zoning provision, which allows shale gas extraction, processing, and any other related activity to occur in virtually any location throughout the state of Pennsylvania, is unconstitutional.
The reasons cited for this lower court ruling were based upon fundamental constitutional principles, and not some technicality related to a legally ambiguous area.
In short, the legislators who voted for Act 13 voted to negate the constitutional rights of PA citizens to protect themselves from the hazards associated with shale gas industrial activities.
So if Justice Stevens truly respects the legislative process, he will recognize when it is his role to oppose an unjust law passed by the legislature and approved by the governor, and protect both the constitution and the citizens of Pennsylvania by voting to uphold the unconstitutionality of Act 13.
But if he decides to rubber-stamp this disgustingly oppressive piece of legislation, then we will see that his respect for the legislative process does not extend beyond the granting political favors.