Friday, May 21, 2010

Court Commentary: Quote of the Day

Being on a brief "vacation," I'm cleaning up things I bookmarked for later. I marked this paragraph back when Justice Stevens resigned, and it's my quote of the day:
“I suppose you all thought I was wrong in that case [Texas v. Johnson]?” he half-asked and half-stated. He then paused for several seconds as his eyes darted around the room. My co-clerks and I nervously looked down and studied our hands. The clock ticked. No one said a word. “Well,” he finally continued with a sigh, “I still think I was correct.”
If you're curious as to what the case was, it was Justice Stevens' lone dissent against the ruling that flag-burning constitutes free speech.