A recently elected judge in Nevada who identifies himself with the Tea Party has struck down the U.S. Constitution, determining that it is a “job-killing document of political elites.” In his ruling, Judge Alvin K. Decatur said that “Direct People’s Rule” should replace the Constitution, which had “gone on long enough without any real change.”
The decision arose out of a case involving Nevada regulations for state highway safety signs. The parties in the case, which included the Nevada Department of Transportation, have expressed confusion about how the judge reached a federal constitutional issue when the case involved interpreting administrative rules promulgated by two state agencies.
“With all due respect to Judge Decatur, he’s a nutjob,” one attorney on the case commented.
It is also unclear what Judge Decatur meant by “Direct People’s Rule,” though he explained it during a trial recess as “believing in the power of the appropriately armed individual to affect change.”