"The Greatest Justices" List
Paul-Finkelman at UTULSA.EDU
Thu Mar 8 10:15:45 PST 2001
Curtis was pehaps "right" in someways in Dred Scott, although it was a very
narrow opinion; McLean's is actually much better; but Curtis was hardly on the
bench long enough to blink. McReynolds wrote an important opinion. But it was
just one! It is hard to find anything in his career that merits high status.
As for "conservatives," seems that there are some on this list. If you want an
important conservative, how about Rufus Peckham, who wrote Lochner!
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David M Wagner wrote:
> Agreeing with Brad Clanton yet trying my best not to be ideological, I
> suggest two Justices not heretofore mentioned:
> Benjamin Curtis: saw that Dred Scott misrepresented original intent, at a
> time when it was (obviously) easy not to see this.
> James McReynolds: full of bad manners, and bad attitudes undergirding them,
> but hey, if you want to talk about long-lasting influence, it's hard to beat
> Meyer and Pierce.
> David M. Wagner
> Regent University School of Law
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