Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wheels of Justice Grind to a Halt at $4/gallon Gas.

Gas prices seem to be affecting everyone's wheels — even the wheels of justice.

A hearing that had been scheduled for 19 May in a lawsuit over Texas' presidential primary and caucus system was canceled by a federal judge who mentioned high gasoline prices as one reason for his order.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery noted in his order that the State of Texas and the state Democratic Party had recently filed documents in the case, and that the plaintiffs would presumably want to respond to them.

Judge Biery wrote that he would need time to review the "already voluminous" documents, and that there was no need for a hearing.

"Moreover, numerous gallons of $4.00 a gallon gasoline would be expended for a significant number of persons to appear with the result being an oral presentation of the already written arguments," Judge Biery wrote.

The League of United Latin American Citizens of Texas, the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston and others sued the State of Texas and the Democratic Party earlier this month, contending the complicated system used in the March 4 primary election unfairly diluted Latino votes.

1 comment:

ichbinalj said...

High gas prices have driven a Warren County, Tennessee farmer and his sons to hitch a tractor rake to a pair of mules to gather hay from their fields. T.R. Raymond bought Dolly and Molly at the Dixon mule sale last year. Son Danny Raymond trained them and also modified the tractor rake so the mules could pull it.

T.R. Raymond says the mules are slower than a petroleum-powered tractor, but there are benefits.

"This fuel's so high, you can't afford it," he said. "We can feed these mules cheaper than we can buy fuel. That's the truth."

"We've been using them quite a bit," he said.

Brother Robert Raymond added, "It's the way of the future."