Judge Richard Kopf may sit in a federal court in Nebraska, but his message to the Supreme Court still rang loud and clear in Washington, D.C., telling justices who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby to simply “stfu.”
In a recent blog posting, Mr. Kopf wrote: “Five male justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a president who hailed from the Republican party, decided that a huge corporation, with thousands of employees and gargantuan revenues, was a ‘person’ entitled to assert a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate because that corporation was ‘closely held’ by family members,” CNN reported.
He went on: “To the average person, the result looks stupid and smells worse.”
But Mr. Kopf — who was appointed by President Georgee H.W. Bush — was far from finished.
“Next term is the time for the Supreme Court to go quiescent — this term and several past terms has proven that the court is now causing more harm (division) to our democracy than good by deciding hot button cases that the court has the power to avoid,” he wrote, CNN reported. “As the kids say, it is time for the Court to stfu.”
Mr. Kopf then included a link to an Urban Dictionary site so readers could check the meaning of the acronym.
The fiery judge has previously rendered similar assessments of Congress.
Last year, when the budget was at an impasse and Capitol Hill was embroiled in partisan bickering, Mr. Kopf wrote: “Tell Congress to go to hell — all federal court employees are essential.”
He’s also the judge who sparked national discourse over a woman’s choice of dress while at work, penning a blog post that was entitled, “On being a dirty old man and how young women lawyers dress.”