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  • On a court full of great writers, I shouldn't say full of - there have been some bad writers on the court over the years.

    Years   Lost   Court  
    "What Would Brandeis Do?". "Amicus" with Dahlia Lithwick, www.slate.com. June 16, 2016.
  • I've been thinking so much about how grateful I am to cover the court because the constraints of calm and civility are really palpable when you look across the street, and that, you know, I feel like the discourse has become so overheated that, you know, we talk about everything in the exact tone that seems to sort of preclude reason and to preclude the possibility of agreement.

    Source: www.slate.com
  • Aaron Persky who is the judge who really I think it's fair to say there is a mob seeking to recall him because of what's perceived as a too-lenient sentence in a sexual assault case.

    "What Would Brandeis Do?". Interview with Dahlia Lithwick, www.slate.com. June 16, 2016.
  • There is no rest stop on the misinformation highway.

  • I just don't think we think about jurists as rock stars or great thinkers, particularly in the political world.

    Stars   Thinking   Rocks  
    "What Would Brandeis Do?". "Amicus" with Dahlia Lithwick, www.slate.com. June 16, 2016.
  • The Constitution created a framework, not a Ouija board, precisely because the Framers understood that prospect of a nation ruled for centuries by dead prophets would be the very opposite of freedom.

  • What's doubly, possibly triply weird about the [Donald] Trump claim is that I said something really hateful and offended an entire class of people, and in a case that actually has nothing to do with race he should still be conflicted out.

    Race   Class   People  
    Source: www.slate.com
  • I wonder if there's just a sense that we have nothing to learn from any Supreme Court justice, including the great Chief Justice John Marshall.

    Justice   Wonder   Court  
    "What Would Brandeis Do?". "Amicus" with Dahlia Lithwick, www.slate.com. June 16, 2016.
  • The First Aphorism of Religion Cases: Only the religious convictions of other people are weird. Yours are perfectly rational.

  • Never believe in any faith younger than you are.

  • I think men get nervous when women start counting the number of female senators, and whites become edgy when they hear the next Supreme Court seat will probably go to a Latino. This isn't always because they object to sharing the spoils, by the way; it just reminds us that the melting pot may not be working, and we haven't yet achieved the ambiguous national dream of becoming a nation of indistinguishable beige atheists.

    Dream   Atheist   Men  
  • I'm hardly the first person to say that you've [Jeffrey Rosen] written a book about a person who has more to say about the current state of being than almost anyone, Louis Brandeis, and yet nobody is talking about Louis Brandeis.

    Book   Talking   Firsts  
    Source: www.slate.com
  • I want to stay on the subject of marriage equality because this is the part of the show that everybody loves but you hate if you're the one who has to hear your own voice.

    "Farewell to the General". Interview with Dahlia Lithwick, www.slate.com. June 28, 2016.
  • Pulling a crystalline, cogent rule out of the murk of the court's First Amendment, public forum, and Establishment Clause doctrine is an act of creation too complicated for mere mortals.

  • The Framers were no more interested in binding future Americans to a set of divinely inspired commandments than any of us would wish to be bound by them.

    Wish   Inspired   Framers  
  • Over the past few years, the Supreme Court was six times more likely to accept cases from an elite group of 66 lawyers than it was from more than 99 percent of those who petitioned the court. That's the finding of a recent Reuters special report called "The Echo Chamber." It illustrates how almost half the appeals accepted by the court over a nine-year period came from this cadre of elite lawyers--many of whom have personal connections to the nine justices.

    Past   Years   Echoes  
  • Donald Verrilli has argued 37 cases in five years on behalf of the [Barak] Obama administration. Many of them turned out to be truly landmark cases. He is the seventh-longest-serving solicitor general in American history.

    Source: www.slate.com
  • The criticism from the other side of [race] debate - and these are not necessarily I think defenders of [Donald] Trump, but they're certainly quick to say, you know, if you're going to live by the race card, you die by the race card.

    Source: www.slate.com
  • What's exquisitely weird about the Donald Trump/Judge [Gonzalo] Curiel formulation is that this isn't even a case about race.

    Race   Judging   Trump  
    Source: www.slate.com
  • There's such a kind of complicated line between politics and the law and we don't sit around and say, hey, you know, what would Oliver Wendell Holmes have had to say to this.

    Law   Hey   Lines  
    "What Would Brandeis Do?". "Amicus" podcast, www.slate.com. June 16, 2016.
  • We don't care what the framers would have thought of violent video games. Times are changing.

    "What Would Brandeis Do?". "Amicus" podcast, www.slate.com. June 16, 2016.
  • Sonia Sotomayor is uniquely and exquisitely sensitive to race issues because she is a Latina.

    Race   Issues   Latina  
    "What Would Brandeis Do?". "Amicus" with Dahlia Lithwick, www.slate.com. June 16, 2016.
  • For the most part, much of the legal world's attention has been focused on Donald Trump and his attacks on Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge who is currently presiding over the Trump University fraud cases in California. Trump somehow managed to offend surprising numbers of establishment Republicans.

    Source: www.slate.com
  • One of the things that drives me batty is people who think they're court watchers, who say, "Oh, Clarence Thomas. You know, his clerks do all the work for him. You know, he doesn't deserve to be there, and has never done anything."

    "The "A Certain Justice" Transcript". "Amicus" Podcast, www.slate.com. June 16, 2015.
  • Judge [Gonzalo] Curiel has not said anything, and in fact, cannot say anything. But I would even broaden it out to, you know, judges who are victims of attack ads in say state Supreme Court elections can't talk back. Judges are really barred from commenting on this kind of huge public hue and cry.

    Source: www.slate.com
  • Am I right in saying that the locust of this problem is simply that judges in America are half political animals and half oracular demigods?

    "What Would Brandeis Do?". "Amicus" with Dahlia Lithwick, www.slate.com. June 16, 2016.
  • The fact that the Constitution is sufficiently open-ended to infuriate all Americans almost equally is part of its enduring genius.

  • Allowing ourselves to become a nation of silent, secretive, timid citizens is likely to result in a system of democracy and justice that is neither very democratic nor very just.

  • In [Philip] Howard's view, our reliance on law, lawyers, and lawsuits has turned Americans into fat, neurotic cowards who 'go through the day looking over their shoulder instead of where they want to go.'

    Views   Law   Coward  
  • If Americans actually have the conversation about our disastrous prison policies, we'll understand the trends all move in very dangerous directions: we lock up more people, for less violent crime, at ever greater expense, breeding more dangerous criminals who often come out unemployable, violent and isiolated.

    Moving   People   Locks  
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    Dahlia Lithwick

    • Born: 1968
    • Occupation: Writer