All too true. Courts are no longer the arbiters of the law that they used to be. It’s so common now for appeals courts and the supreme court to completely ignore the U.S. Constitution that it’s a shock when they actually act within the bounds of it. States, too. Oregon had a massive tax increase that was retroactive, despite both the U.S. and the state Constitutions forbidding ex post facto laws. The State one specifically forbids ex post facto tax increases. Because Oregon’s courts tend to ignore the law, it was never effectively challenged. We live in an era where the Rule of Law is effectively dead, where judges respect people and not the law.