by Karl Denninger
In a new ruling, the Supreme Court effectively mandated continued legal tolerance for homelessness across major cities on the West Coast of the United States.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Americans have a right to sleep on the streets and that it amounts to “cruel and unusual punishment” under the Constitution to levy fines based on such behavior.
That court — a repository of stupidity and radicalism, the Mos Eisley of our nation’s federal bench — decided that writing a $25 ticket to people “camping” on the sidewalk is precisely the sort of brutality the Founding Fathers sought to prohibit in stopping torture under the Eighth Amendment.
So exactly how did we wind up with a bunch of homeless people on the streets?