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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Is it Time to Take the Blindfold off Justice, and Tilt Her Scales?

August 1, 2013 --

It should have become apparent, during the course of the hearings on the nomination of Jusge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court that the leftist groups opposing the nomination were impatient with jurisprudence based on ratio decidendi (legal reasoning) and were interested only in the outcomes.

Shelby Steele, writing in The Wall Street Journal, July 22, on the acquittal of George Zimmerman for murdering Trayvon Martin, noted: "It is impossible to see how the jury could have applied the actual law to this body of evidence and come up with a different concusion." [Emphasis added.]

In view of the protests that immediately followed the verdict, including demands that Zimmerman now face federal charges, LPR is fairly confident that if any of the jurors were to go to law school and eventually be nominated to a judgeship, suich nomination would be very vigorously opposed because the jury applied the law, rather than allow public pressure to determine the outcome.

For LPR, public pressure to obtain judicial outcomes would require that the blindfold be removed from all courthouse statues of Justice, with the scales tilting heavily in one direction -- probably to the left.