Considering the fact that upwards of half of the Congress and a large proportion of Obama’s administration, not to mention his own credentials of experience as a “Constitutional Law Professor,” one would suppose that the constitutional literacy of the ruling class would be extensive, yet they continue to adjudicate without regard for the constraints of the law.
As posited by Publius Huldah at Canada Free Press:
Article III, Sec. 2, clause 2 says:
In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction…
“Original” jurisdiction means the power to conduct the “trial” of the case (as opposed to hearing an appeal from the judgment of a lower court). You all know quite well what a “trial” is – you see them all the time on TV shows: Perry Mason, Boston Legal, The Good Wife, etc. Witnesses testify and are cross-examined, etc.