The AP reports on a federal case filed against Governor Palin. It is a pro se proceeding by a Washington D.C. musician, Royal, and an Alaskan mom. They complain that two years ago, the Governor failed to issue a "Juneteenth" proclamation celebrating "the end of slavery inthe United States." They allege that her failure to do so "depriv[ed]" them of some kind of "right, privilege, or immunit[y] secured by the Constitution and laws" of the United States.Read the complete post here.
Well, actually, they don't allege that in so many words. But that is what they must be saying by filing a 1983 action, as their complaint purports to be, and that's where the problems begin.
The plaintiffs must allege that Palin's inaction caused them to be deprived of a federal right. Gomez v. Toledo, 446 U.S. 635, 640 (1980). They don't. Deprivation of a state-created right won't suffice (see id., and Baker v. McCollan, 443 U.S. 137, 144 n.3 (1979)), and even if it would, the plaintiffs don't identify one. Merely pointing to AS 44.12.090, amended complaint, at 5-6, won't cut it, since the requirement that "[t]he governor shall issue a proclamation to commemorate ... Juneteenth" can hardly be said to confer on anyone an individual right to such a proclamation.
That's only the start of it...