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This man is kind of insane.
â€œI tend to be morose sometimesâ€
~ Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on life. The New York Times has a fascinated piece detailing the Supreme Court’s most guarded and silent justice at a recent dinner hosted by the Bill of Rights Institute. Justice Thomas went on to reminisce about the good ol’ days of prayer in schools and marching around the schoolhouse with a flag and crucifix.
Noteworthy, Justice Thomas also revealed that he is not really that into rights. Thomas’s constitutional philosophy is that our “rights” must be adequately countered by our “responsibilities” and “duties.” He believes that sometime we just complain too much and have far too many rights.
To me… that is insane.
Iowa State Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, in response to Republican calls for a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in response to the Iowa State Supreme Court’s recent ruling:
[L]ast Friday night, I hugged my wife. You know Ive been married for 37 years. I hugged my wife. I felt like our love was just a little more meaningful last Friday night because thousands of other Iowa citizens could hug each other and have the state recognize their love for each other.
Full transcript and video here.
March 16, 2009: Chaudhry (center) surrounded by celebrating supporters
In the latest news from the South Asian continent, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has finally been reinstated to his bench (for the second time).Â To truly appreciate this news, we have to do a bit of a recap. Former Pakistani President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, first appointed Chaudhry to the bench in 2000. Until he was elevated to Chief Justice in 2005, Iftikhar Chaudhry did not seem to go out of his way to carve an independent path for the judiciary, usually voting with the majority; he even sat on the bench during the case that legitimized Musharraf’s military takeover. Regardless, when Chaudhry became the youngest ever Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, he really dug in his heels and started work that made him a “symbol of justice” in the eyes of many.
From creating a “separate human rights cell at the court” to forcing Pakistan’s intelligence agencies to admit they were holding people in secret custody, it’s very easy to say that Chaudhry quickly got on the wrong side of the government. In March 2007, Chaudhry was asked to step down but instead refused Musharraf’s reprimands and faced the charges — actions which propelled him to a hero status for thousands of lawyers, who stormed Lahore, Pakistan in protest. Thankfully, in July 2007, Chaudhry was reinstated.
“The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.”
- Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in a ruling that for the third straight time awards prisoners held indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay the right to challenge their imprisonment in Federal court.