American Supreme Court Judges
I was having a discussion about judges with large amounts of political power on RD website, instinctively I don't like it as judges are like politicans (and if appointed are politicans) but with even less trust by the public at least in the UK.
My Question is
A religious nut murders an atheist in cold blood, he makes the claim ' he was an atheist therefore is not a human being or American citizen therefore I have committed no crime'
He takes this to the Supreme Court if there anything in practice/theory in getting 4 extremely right wing christian judges from agreeing with this. The constitution is not considered to be an acceptable answer as far as I known about American politics supreme court judges are the constitution for practical purposes.
I fully accept any legislature in any country could make the same ruling but that would take 100's of politicans to agree but it seems to me that only in America could 4 judges have the same effect?