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  1. Richard G. Kopf
    February 28, 2017

    Judge Kane,

    Thanks very much for writing this insightful post. You make a very important point.

    I agree that it is silly to categorize judges as “liberal” or “conservative.” On the other hand, if these words have meaning when applied to judges, then I have a dual personality disorder.

    Sometimes I am “liberal” (partial-birth abortion cases) and sometimes I am “conservative” (various habeas corpus death penalty cases). I see the same “disorder” in many of my colleagues, especially those for whom I have great respect.

    In this regard, I recall my mentor, the late Judge Don Ross of the Eighth Circuit. I suspect few would have guessed from his dissent in Jones v. Clinton, 72 F.3d 1354 (8th Circuit 1996)* that he had run the 1968 Republican convention in Miami that nominated Richard M. Nixon.

    For Ross, being a judge was not about one’s personal political ideology. His robe was embroidered inside with the words “Do whatever is right,” a saying that Ross uttered throughout his life.

    All the best.

    Rich Kopf



  2. Chris Seaton
    March 1, 2017

    To both Judge Kane and Judge Kopf:

    I see the terms “liberal” and “conservative” having less meaning with each passing day. If a jurist issues an opinion that is grounded in the law, the terms have no meaning as far as I see it. It’s called doing your job.

    Plus, Judge Gorsuch penned my favorite dissent about SROs treatment of children burping and farting in schools, so I’m kind of a fan from the get-go.

    It’s always good to see both of you here. Thank you for your time and insight.


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