A Powerful Opening By Justice Lewis!

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, proclaims
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.”
Thank goodness the Florida legal community rose up in bipartisan fashion to defeat that reprehensible effort to have Justice Lewis thrown off the bench.


  1. Mary Barzee was the trial court judge on that case. I miss her (I know she's not dead; I meant I miss her as a judge at 73 W. Flagler).

  2. This is a great opinion on challenges for cause. No more perfunctory rehabilitation of jurors.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I would like to find a few good lawyers in St. John's. This movie is such a classic!


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