4th Circuit, Federal Judges, J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Judicial Nominations, Politics, Quote of the Day, Washington Post

And Was His Honor ‘Stoked’ As Well?

I remember riding home one evening with Justice Lewis Powell, whom I was serving as a law clerk. I was pumped over a vote he had cast that day, and I expected him to share my excitement. He responded that he considered himself fortunate if only 48 percent of the legitimate points to be made were on the other side.

— Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, writing in a Washington Post op-ed piece about the virtues required of judges — and how the elimination of the filibuster on many presidential nominees could lead to a less balanced judiciary.

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