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February 27, 2009


Eric Lindblom

I would go further than Justice Stevens and suggest that Supreme Court justices also should not attend such events as the State of the Union speeches of Presidents, much less White House dinners and the like.

I doubt that Supreme Court justices (or any judges) can remove contemporary political considerations, events and personalities from influencing their decisions. But keeping the members of the Supreme Court (and other courts) as separate from current legislative and administrative efforts, events, and office holders -- other than in formal court proceedings --- the more independent the courts and their decisions are likely to be.

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