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Based on the pace and evolution of this case I will be very surprised if the 2011-2012 season starts on time or ever.

I will continue to update you as information becomes available. Perhaps to pass the time you might explore the recent decision by our friends in Indiana ostensibly overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215. In Barnes v. State the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes. Writing for the court, Justice Steven David said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer’s entry.***

If a football referee were as flawed as our judges, the game as we know it would collapse. I implore you to review the aforementioned case and even take a little time to become aware of what is going on in this country. Remember, democracy requires vigilance and participation and I think we have all been lacking in those areas in the last number of years.

*The 1932 Act established as United States law that employees should be free to form unions without employer interference, and also withdrew from the federal courts jurisdiction relative to the issuance of injunctions in nonviolent labor disputes. No federal court can offer jurisdiction. The three provisions include protecting worker’s self-organization and liberty, removing jurisdiction from federal courts, and outlawing the “yellow dog” contract. Wikipedia

**My thanks to Dave Campbell, AP Sports Writer
***My thanks to Dan Carden at NWI.com

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  • Andrew Ilnicki

    I was not aware of that Indiana ruling — seems like things are pretty backwards these days. So we did have a country in 1215 btw?

    • David Simpson

      Andrew,
      The Magna Carta and it’s codification in 1215 are significant for one reason. That was the first time in history where common men were extended rights and protections from their fuedal lords and landed gentry of the day. Most important of these protections was the concept of everyman’s “house being his castle” thus requiring a warrant to enter. This very cornerstone of property rights and personal rights, with close to a thousand years of precedent is being systematically eroded or disgarded by judges that believe expediency is more important than personal rights. This is in direct contravention to our Bill of Rights (4th ammendment) and is very disturbing.
      So no, we obviously did not have a country in 1215 as you are well aware. However, the 550 or so years following the Magna Carta afforded our framers and founders a mantle by which they could legitimatize The Constitution, resplendent in it’s enumeration of human dignity and rights.

  • Andrew Ilnicki

    A bit tongue in cheek on my part but clearly the issue is a large and serious one. So do you think the NFL’s case will eventually dominate this thing outright? Who has the most leverage?

  • David Simpson

    The Owners have all the leverage, at this time. And not just from the most recent legal proceedings. One must take into account there are only 32 owners, most of whom are billionaires vs greater than 1900 players, most of whom are not independently wealthy and have a limited shelf life in terms of career. Irrespective of legal manuevering and seeking remedies to address grievences, it is a daunting task simply to keep 1900 people together as one.

    June 3rd will be a milestone that we may use to measure the direction things are going. The owner’s seem intent on sending a message that it is their way and only their way. To date the Courts have promoted such a stance. I am sure the players resolve has been somewhat shaken, despite the public releases stating just the opposite. Of course if you listen to the always affable and somewhat eclectic Jim Irsay, this whole problem could be resolved over cocktails, food and golf.