Friday, June 12, 2009

Forget Collegiality. Some of the Best Justices Were ‘Downright Mean’

Excerpt from the Post by Debra Cassens Weiss

Friends and colleagues have disputed press accounts that Judge Sonia Sotomayor can be sharp-tongued on the bench. Now a Harvard law professor is mounting a different defense in an op-ed that argues: So what if she is?

“The roots of greatness may be found in difficult personalities,” Harvard law’s Noah Feldman writes for the New York Times. “Measured by their lasting impact on Constitution and country, many of the greatest justices have been irascible, socially distant, personally isolated, arrogant or even downright mean.” . . .

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