We're a civil blog, but the intro to this recent Florida Supreme Court opinion by Justice Lewis is too good to pass up:
In his final remarks to the jury, Atticus Finch, the heroic protagonist of Harper Lee’s iconic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, proclaimsThank goodness the Florida legal community rose up in bipartisan fashion to defeat that reprehensible effort to have Justice Lewis thrown off the bench.
I’m no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system—that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 205 (Warner Books, Inc., 1960). The case before us today addresses the very heart in which Atticus’s faith roots—the integrity of our courts, the soundness of our juries, and the men and women who “make [them] up.”