Future Headlines - Part 6
Supreme Court Upholds South Carolina Constitution
(AP) Washington, DC – November 16, 2007
In a landmark 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld a carefully worded amendment to the constitution of the state of South Carolina that makes Christianity the official religion of that state. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Scalia noted that early in the history of the United States, numerous States had official or State sanctioned churches, and wrote that because the amendment does not compel the citizens of the State to either profess to be Christian or to worship, and does not place a religious requirement on any candidate running for office in the state, the amendment does not violate the Constitution of the United States.
Several States including Texas, Alabama and Utah are currently in the process of amending their constitutions in a similar manner. Utah’s amendment would go a step further explicitly making the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, commonly referred to as the Mormons, the official religion of Utah….
Investigation Into Deaths of Supreme Court Justices Halted
(AP) Washington, D.C. – November 16, 2007
The lead investigator of the FBI task force investigating the assassinations of two Supreme Court Justices on December 21, 2006, announced today that it was closing the official investigation and turning the case over to the Cold Case unit as an unsolved case. At a press conference on Thursday, the investigator told reporters that in the absence of further leads or evidence, the FBI investigation had reached a dead-end. Stating that the assassinations had been carefully and expertly planned leaving almost no evidence behind, and that given that there was an absence of claims of responsibility, the FBI had exhausted all the physical evidence and leads and could not conclusively determine who was responsible for the assassinations.
The two justices were both killed by suicide car bombers who ran their vehicles into the cars occupied by the two justices. Despite the similarity to tactics used commonly by Al Qaeda and other extremist Islamic terrorist organizations, the FBI spokesperson did indicate that the physical evidence at the scenes pointed to more sophisticated bombs and methods than those generally employed by international terrorist group, and suggested that a domestic terrorist group was more likely the culprit in the assassinations. Further, the investigator implied that the nature of the weapons suggested that who ever designed the bombs used in the car bombings may have had military training in bombs and explosives….