Saturday, March 19, 2005

Clarity on the role of the Supreme Court

"The Consititution does not constitute us as 'Platonic Guardians' nor does it vest in this Court the authority to strike down laws because they do not meet our standards of desirable social policy, 'wisdom,' or 'common sense.' ... We trespass on the assigned fundtion of the political branches under our structure of limited and separated powers when we assume a policymaking role."

Chief Justice Warren Burger, 1982
Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202, 242 (1982)

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