The LuLac Edition #821, May 17th, 2009
PHOTO INDEX: SUPREME COURT JUSTICES SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR, RUTH BADER GINSBURG, LOUIS BRANDEIS, ANTONIN SCALIA, THURGOOD MARSHALL AND EARL WARREN.
At the League of Women Voter’s Judicial Forum, I went around with a microphone and asked the candidates running for the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas who their favorite Supreme Court Justice was and why they admired said individual. Here’s the results:
AMESBURY: WILLIAM BRENNAN: For Brennan’s compassion and socially conscious awareness as he ruled from the bench.
ROGERS: LOUIS BRANDEIS: Brandeis’ writing and opinions were what impressed Attorney Rogers.
SPERRAZA: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR: For her ability to be a bridge and middle ground between factions on the court.
SKLAROSKY: THURGOOD MARSHALL: Was in the trenches fighting the good fight for civil rights and overturning “Jim Crow” laws in the U.S.
O’CONNOR: EARL WARREN: Admired him because he was a free thinker. As a conservative California Governor, President Eisenhower thought he had a right wing jurist. He didn’t.
MENN: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR: For her ability to present and mediate both sides of the spectrum.
HANLON MORABITO: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR: Her pioneering for women as the first female Supreme Court Justice.
MARSILIO: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR: For her ability to reason with conflicting, passionate arguments.
MUSTO: THURGOOD MARSHALL: His landmark decisions and arguments set the state for true reform. Musto cited Marshall’s involvement in Brown vs. The Board of Education.
BLAZICK: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR: Provided middle ground, coherent arguments. Blazick also used O’Connor in radio ads for his campaign.
PENDOPLHI: ANTONIN SCALIA: Saying you can’t legislate from the bench, Pendolphi cited that as his main reason for his pick.
HUGHES: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR: Her ability to blend the courts rulings with everyday life situations of citizens.
TERRANA: ANTONIN SCALIA: Agreed with some of his personal philosophies even though they crossed party and ideological lines.
LUMBIS: RUTH BADER GINSBURG: For her ability to frame, defend and articulate an argument.
BUFALINO: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR: Admires her for being a middle of the road voice on the court, a sort of bridge to different parties.
POLACHEK GARTLEY: RUTH BADER GINSBURG: Her determination in the face of personal adversity and her ability to call attention to social concerns on the court.
ZOLA: No clue because he never showed up for any of the Judicial forums.