Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Quote of the Day

"I make no apologies for the view that the business of judging in constitutional fields is one of searching for the spirit of the constitution in terms of the present as well as the past, not the past alone." -- Judge John R. Brown, dissenting, Gomillion v. Lightfoot, 270 F.2d 594. Judge Brown was one of the "5th Circuit Four" whose tireless efforts in the face of southern resistance to desegregation orders were instrumental in making the promise of Brown, and racial equality more generally, a reality in the American South.

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