It is possible that Mr Stantis is a bit unfair to our fair Commonwealth, in that the recent and infamous Eminent Domain ruling, Kelo v. City of New London, was decided by the US Supreme Court. Homes were taken by the government to support a development effort that included "a resort hotel and conference center, a new state park, 80–100 new residences (which is now down to a mix of 14 rental townhouses and 66 apartments in a three-story building), and various research, office, and retail space." (Wikipedia, already linked) The Supreme Court vote was 5 to 4, with the dissent being O'Connor, joined by Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas.
But, our own Supreme Judicial Court has given us some interesting rulings and the latest nominee (who is called independent by The Boston Globe) is said to be of the same cloth as the others on the court. That said, the Globe does have this paragraph
But some of Gants's rulings have been controversial, including a case in Lowell when he allowed a man who had been convicted four times on drunken-driving charges to get behind the wheel for medical appointments.This seems seems a poor decision when we are trying to get people who drive under the influence off the roads. Toward the end of my previous incarnation a DWI was the end of your career as an Air Force Officer.
Back to Prickly City, the young girl is Carmen and the coyote pup is Winslow. One of the part time characters in this strip is Kevin, the Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse. This is an interesting and funny cartoon strip--although it might be a bit to the right for some.
Regards -- Cliff