Professor Anthony Clark Arend on the “denigration” of the U.S. judiciary
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Professor Anthony Clark Arend on the “denigration” of the U.S. judiciary

November 30, 2019


We are living at a time when we have
seen unprecedented challenges to fundamental institutions of American
democracy. The press, something mentioned in the First Amendment of the
Constitution, has been called the enemy of the people. The Justice Department, as
George noted, has been trashed. The intelligence community has been
disrespected and the judiciary has been called into question in ways that we
have not seen previously. A federal judge has been called a “so-called judge,” the
entire ninth circuit has been denigrated. Judges have been described, based on
the president that nominated them, “Obama judges” and “Bush judges” necessitating the
Chief Justice to intervene in a nearly unprecedented fashion to say that there
are no Obama judges, there are no Bush judges, there are no Clinton judges, there
are no Trump judges, there are U.S. judges.

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