The Best of Notable Quotables; December 24, 1990

Vol. Three; No. 26

Thurgood Marshall Judicial Reporting Award

"Supreme Court nominee David Souter wants the world to stop viewing him as a nerd. Senate Democrats want to know if, instead, Souter is a neanderthal -- a mean-spirited conservative bent on wrecking constitutional protections for women, minorities, and accused criminals."

-- Beginning of September 13 USA Today cover story by legal reporter Tony Mauro.


"Chief Justice Rehnquist had the kind of image problems that might be expected of a jurist who habitually rejected constitutional equality for women, approved the execution of allegedly insane prisoners without a hearing, denied constitutional equality to aliens and bastards, asserted that the public did not have a constitutional right to attend court trials, said prisoners had no rights to practice religious freedom, and spoke warmly of the legendary Isaac (‘Hanging Judge’) Parker, who cheerfully ordered eighty-five executions."

-- Former CBS News law reporter Fred Graham in his book Happy Talk.

"Senator Simon, is there any doubt in your mind that [Souter’s] views pretty well parallel those of John Sununu’s which means he’s anti-abortion or anti-women’s rights, whichever way you want to put it?"

-- Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News, July 23.