Federal courts punish people left and right for saying just that.
Chief Judge of the State of Alabama Roy Moore openly stated that the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding gay marriage is not the Law of the Land.
Chief Judge Roy Moore was suspended without pay for stating, and adhering to the contents of the Federal Constitution that every judge and attorney in this country takes a pledge to obey, enforce and uphold.
By the way, Chief Judge Roy Moore, in an interview with the CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, son and brother of two New York State Governors, cornered Chris Cuomo with a question whether Chris Cuomo would have followed Dred Scott had he been a judge at the time Dred Scott was decided, and Chris Cuomo said "yes".
Now the circus continues with the Kansas State Attorney General first citing in a brief to a U.S. Supreme Court case which ruled that African Americans are second rate people and do not have a right to sue for assault, and then apologized for citing this U.S. Supreme Court case.
The Kansas attorney general cited the Dred Scott in a case where the state law banning 3rd trimester abortion was sought to be revived.
The Dred Scott case was cited by the Kansas Attorney General for the proposition (used in that case to support endorsement of slavery) that the announcement of "inalienable rights" in the Declaration of Independence does not have any legal meaning and is just puffery, hollow words.
Then, the Attorney General apologized for citing Dred Scott and withdrew the motion where it was cited.
Nevertheless, Dred Scott remains a U.S. Supreme Court precedent which remains on the books and required to plunge the country into a civil war in order to undo that ruling - so many lives could be spared had the U.S. Supreme Court decided that case differently, but it did not.
The Kansas Attorney General finally apologized for citing to Dred Scott in support of his arguments.
Yet, the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Judge Roberts unapologetically relied on Dred Scott in his dissent in the same sex marriage case.
Chief Judge Roberts pointed out Dred Scott case, amazingly, as the first case where due process was used by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike state legislation, and thus, Chief Judge Roberts implied that Dred Scott was a foundation case for due process in this country.
In Dred Scott, as Chief Judge Roberts pointed out in his dissent in Obergefell v Hodges, the same sex marriage case, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck a state statute, a "Missouri Compromise" giving humanity to African Americans, whether they are slaves or free descendants of slaves, on the basis that that legislation "restricting the institution of slavery violated the implied rights of slaveholders".
Chief Judge Roberts acknowledged that Dred Scott it took a war to overrule that case:
Yet, Chief Judge Roberts blames the entire due process approach as "meddling" into the affairs of the state - putting on the same grounds Dred Scott that denied humanity to African Americans and the Lochner case which was simply enforcing economic freedom of bakery employee to work as many hours as they want without interference from the state.
Chief Judge Roberts was not punished for his views by suspension from office - the way Judge Roy Moore did by refusing to follow the majority opinion as "the Law of the Land" - which it isn't, according to the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution that both Judge Roy Moore and those who suspended him, are sworn to obey.
We really need to decide what is the legal of U.S. Supreme Court cases when it causes so much havoc in this country - where
- its precedents are cited in support of various laws, then
- people apologize for citing some precedents,
- are punished for disobeying other precedents,
- are punished for citing the U.S. Constitution, whether it is the Supremacy Clause, the 11th Amendment or the 1st Amendment, and where
- the U.S. Supreme Court precedents are used so selectively that
- people are punished simply for citing in their briefs those U.S. Supreme Court precedents that the particular lower court does not like to be used, because it interferes with their pre-judgment of the case.
We the People are the popular collective sovereign of this country, and We the People allowed ourselves to be ruled by our servants, whether they are legislators, prosecutors, police or judges only within the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution, its text and not how it is interpreted by the group of 9 people, is the Law of the Land in this country.
In that Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court cases are NOT the Supreme Law of the Land.
What are they?
They are the last appellate decisions in a certain, separate, particular cases.
Not less, but not more.