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U.S. lacks a nonpolitical unifying voice

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

As a young woman, I had enormous respect for the Supreme Court. I looked upon the justices as a group of wise people who the country could safely depend on to interpret the law fairly. Although I knew about the Dred Scott case and Plessy v. Ferguson, I considered those verdicts within the context of the times in which they were rendered. Even as I grew older and learned about the politics involved in choosing justices, it was still hard for me to come to grips with the fact that the justices had feet of clay. I needed and wanted to believe that there was someplace on this earth, where justice would be unfailingly served.

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