Stevens on Colbert Report
mae.kuykendall at law.msu.edu
Sat Jan 21 10:41:29 PST 2012
Here is another chastisement of Stevens, for Five Chiefs, by Richard
http://www.hoover.org/publications/defining-ideas/article/96891 Is the
following comment by Epstein too harsh? "The retired justice would be
wise to keep his disjointed and cavalier reflections to himself." I
believe it is harsh, though Epstein prefaces this excoriation with
praise for Stevens's judicial career.
Next, does the fact that we have a celebrity culture make justices
parties to the celebrity culture if they present themselves as human
figures? Would it then be the case that earlier justices were leading
edge publicity hounds if they enjoyed interactions with differing layers
of our culture and accepted, with some pleasure, their position as a
focal point in the culture and a window on our common history?
Did not Holmes allow himself to be "marketed" as a figure of wide
interest? It's hard to see Stevens as much like Lady Gaga, or Kim
Kardashian (is that the name?). He seems to taking some bows after a
long, successful career and fulfilling an existing expectation that
justices have something to bring to the culture outside of their role on
the bench, even while they draw on the unique perspective they have
acquired while sitting.
>>> Raymond Kessler <rkessler at sulross.edu> 1/21/2012 1:16 PM >>>
Interesting. I guess some Justice want to be celebrities. I guess
their egos got inflated over the years. I wonder who will be the first
Justice to pitch for a commercial product or get a show on CourtTV?
IMHO it demeans the Court. But, they have First Amendment rights like
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