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Adrian O'Neill QC, barrister for the anti-Brexit prorogation case won in the Court of Sessions recently by the SNP MP Joanna Cherry and others, was summing up their case to have the government appeal against their previous court victory thrown out.
During his summation he made two points, one was rather provocative and the other may well have been downright inaccurate.
Now, on the rather provocative side, O'Neill said:
"I say to this court, don’t let this case be your Dred Scott moment. Instead stand up for the truth, stand up for reason, stand up for unity in diversity, stand up for parliament, stand up for democracy by dismissing this government’s appeal and uphold a constitution governed by laws and not the passing whims of men."
Now, many of you may not have heard of Dred Scott. Now, he was a slave in the US in the 1800s, who managed to take his family to an area of the US where slavery was outlawed and lived there for four years.
So, he sued for his freedom and it was rejected in the Supreme Court that ruled that as he was of African ancestry, he could not claim US citizenship and therefore could not bring a suit in the court.
And further, his four years of living in an area where slavery was outlawed did not remove the slaveowner's rights over him.
He did indeed later gain his freedom but sadly died from tuberculosis a few months later..