Judge Posner: The Supreme Court is Awful

We here at Polislice subscribe to the Eric Segall stance that the Supreme Court is not a court and the Justices are not judges – the entire enterprise is a political entity that is disguised as a judicial one.  Segall loves Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals because while he’s a well known conservative, he’ll absolutely go where the law takes him and is unafraid to speak out when judges waiver in that regard.

Judge Posner is writing a book about the deficiencies in the system and in an interview said this:

I’m actually writing a book now called Strengths and Weaknesses of the American Legal System. It’s almost entirely about the federal judiciary…. So I have about ten pages on the strengths and about 320 pages on the weaknesses. [Laughter.]

I’m very critical. I don’t think the judges are very good. I think the Supreme Court is awful. I think it’s reached a real nadir. Probably only a couple of the justices, Breyer and Ginsburg, are qualified. They’re okay, they’re not great.

I’m going to dissent and grant that Roberts, Kagan and Sotomayor are certainly qualified, even if they’re not up to Posner’s standards, but Thomas and Alito, meh!

Very funny to have such brutal honesty from someone so close to what we used to consider such an august body.


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