Posted by Ed
Question of the day: Are malice and spitefulness always bad? Consider the following quotation: "This is the first indication that I have ever had that there is a God." Those were the words of Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, on the September 1953 death of Chief Justice Fred Vinson. Vinson, a staunch segregrationist, was expected to rule against integration in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, but his successor, Earl Warren, engineered a unanimous decision overturning the court's 1896 ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson.
That quotation was one of the more fascinating tidbits in Cass Sunstein's New Yorker article on the fiftieth anniversary of the Brown decision. The article as a whole isn't bad.Posted by Ed at April 26, 2004 01:21 PM