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There is Life on Mars, the Supreme Court Rules
By B John Burns
June 25, 2014

In today’s decision in Riley v. California, a unanimous Supreme Court went way beyond simply holding that law enforcement must obtain a warrant to examine the contents of a cell phone taken during a search incident to arrest.

Cell phones, Chief Justice Roberts announced, “are now such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy.”

Roberts’ statement is an extraordinarily Earth-shaking pronouncement, even from this activist Court.  Scientists have debated from the beginning of time whether (1) the climate on Mars could support life, and (2) whether there is, or has been in its history, any life on the Red Planet (in the form of single-celled organisms).  I am unaware of any prior written decision of the Court taking a position on the subject, especially speculating that life on Mars has evolved to a point that Martians have traveled to Earth.

I’m still shaking.
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