Justice Brewer on Character

“It is a mistake to suppose that the Supreme Court is either honored or helped by being spoken of as beyond criticism.  On the contrary, the life and character of its Justices should be the objects of more constant watchfulness by all and its judgment subject to the freest criticism.  The time is past in the history of the world when any living man or body of men can be set on a pedestal and decorated with a halo.  True, many criticisms may be like their authors, devoid of good taste, but better all sorts of criticism than no criticism at all.”

— Hon. David J. Brewer, Justice of  the Supreme  Court of the United States, in an address before the Marquette Club of Chicago, 1898.

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