Of music and the Supreme Court ... by Joe Wilkins
I came to the law when the unanimity of the Court served to support great American principles, like the pedestal under the Statue of Liberty. Nowadays every precedent stands on the shifting sand dunes of a 5 to 4 decision one way or the other, waiting for mortality and the next political hurricane to sweep it away. Most of the Justices were present at the dinner. I shook hands with Justice Scalia, probably the man whose opinions I differ with the most, although courtesy sealed my lips and, I suspect, he could not have cared less had he known. Still, he had done a good thing that day, for which I was proud to shake his hand. He had joined the 4 end of one of those infamous 5 to 4 decisions, linking himself with the three liberal Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan to damn and blast the majority for letting the cops grab a DNA sample from those arrested for a serious offense, However "serious" may come to be defined.