Friday, March 10, 2006

Sandra Day O’Connor

NPR recently broadcast a story about a speech the retired Justice gave at Georgetown, in which she openly criticized Court-bashing congressmen. You can stream the audio from NPR’s site, or you can read a transcript at The Raw Story.

Here’s a taste:

I, said O’Connor, am against judicial reforms driven by nakedly partisan reasoning. Pointing to the experiences of developing countries and former communist countries where interference with an independent judiciary has allowed dictatorship to flourish, O’Connor said we must be ever-vigilant against those who would strongarm the judiciary into adopting their preferred policies. It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, she said, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings.
Read/listen to the rest. She gets in some good jabs against the Delay and the Justice Sunday mob. It's good stuff