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DeLay assails federal courts during Vatican trip

[JURIST] While in Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, House Republican leader Tom DeLay [official website] has expressed his continued disappointment with federal judges, saying they have "run amok". Speaking by videotape Thursday to attendees at the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration's Confronting the Judical War on Faith [press release] conference, DeLay said that "unelected, and all too often, unaccountable courts have invented out of whole cloth previously invisible and unasserted constitutional rights to privacy, abortion on demand and same-sex marriage". Delay called for Congress to step in and limit federal judicial jurisdiction and impeach judges who overstep their power. Just last week New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank R. Lautenberg slammed DeLay {JURIST report] for making anti-judicial remarks in the aftermath of Terri Schiavo's death. AP has more.

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