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Federal judge tells Supreme Court to 'STFU' after Hobby Lobby decision

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Judge Richard G. Kopf, senior U.S. District Court judge in Nebraska wants the Supreme Court to “STFU” after last week's Hobby Lobby ruling.

Kopf was appointed to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, and is the author of a controversial ruling striking down a ban on late-term abortions in Carhart, et all., v. Ashcroft. He operates a personal blog called Hercules and the Umpire, where he invoked the legacy of the iconic Yale law professor Alexander Bickel in urging the Supreme Court to exercise greater restraint in electing which cases to adjudicate.

“Next term is the time for the Supreme Court to go quiescent” Kopf wrote. “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. As the kids say, it is time for the Court to STFU.”

To make his meaning plain, Kopf included a link to Urban Dictionary's definition of the acronym. Urban Dictionary is a web-based dictionary that catalogues the meanings of slang terms in wide circulation.

The blog, which is updated regularly, contains an unusual boast on its masthead. “This blog was deader than Generalissimo Francisco Franco — but now has risen again,” it brags.

In that post, Kopf seems to admit that he suffers from erectile dysfunction, and uses a sexually charged epithet to refer to his wife with which most feminists would presumably take issue.

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