From today’s edition of the Washington Post:
Federal authorities are planning to move the trial of the alleged gunman in the Jan. 8 mass shooting in Tucson to San Diego because of extensive pretrial publicity in Arizona, federal law enforcement sources said Sunday night.
Article III, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution:
The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed. [emphasis added]
The Tuscon shooting on 8 January 2011 was clearly a crime, was clearly committed within a state, and my copy of the Constitution does not contain a trial location exception for “pretrial publicity” or anything else.
What is government if words have no meaning?