Hooray For Clarence Thomas

Randy Barnett at Volokh has found a beautiful summation in the dissent by Clarence Thomas of the problems with the Supreme Court in the Kelo decision:

“Something has gone seriously awry with this Court?s interpretation of the Constitution.”

If Thomas were a liberal his praises would be sung to the highet heavens; since he has the misfortune to be a conservative he is pilloried.
*Update: In the comments there a reader provides this wondrous quote from “Judge Kozinski’s Silveira dissent:” (I suppose that means something to lawyers – Ed.)

“The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed–where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees– however improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.”

2 Responses to “Hooray For Clarence Thomas”

  1. Dave J says:

    Substance aside, and obviously I’m not talking about Kelo, but I think the most interesting and thought-provoking opinions are the ones where Thomas and Scalia wind up on opposite sides. I can’t cite things off the top of my head, but I don’t automatically wind up siding with one or the other.

  2. Dave J says:

    Kozinski is really WAY more likely to go postal on the rest of the Ninth Circuit than Scalia ever is on his fellow Supremes.

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