Obama on a justice's role
stevesan at umich.edu
Tue May 26 09:52:01 PDT 2009
As a con law professor, would Barack Obama have told his students that the
job of a Supreme Court justice was simply (to quote his statement this
morning) "to interpret, not make law" and to "faithfully apply the law to
the facts at hand"? Indeed, is the latter even a competent description of
what appellate (as opposed to trial) courts do? If not, why do we continue
to hear them as descriptors of so many politicians' ideal SCt justice?
Might we have expected better leadership from someone like Obama in
explaining to the nation what a Supreme Court justice actually does, rather
than falling back on these sorts of cliches?
Attorney, Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice group, Mayer Brown
Co-editor, <http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/lgbtlaw/> Sexual Orientation
and the Law Blog
Adjunct faculty, University of Michigan Law School (Winter term 2010)
Email: <mailto:stevesan at umich.edu> stevesan at umich.edu
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