Why does Lady Justice Wear a Blindfold?


“EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW” – These are the words engraved above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building. The most recognized legal symbol visible in the architecture of the building is the female figure representing Justice.

Blind Justice is the theory that law should be viewed objectively with the determination of innocence or guilt made without bias or prejudice. It is the idea behind the United States Supreme Court motto “Equal Justice Under Law” and is symbolized by the blindfolded statue of Lady Justice which is the symbol of the judiciary.

Describing the sort of “Equal Justice” Supreme Court judge he was looking for, Obama said:

“We need somebody who’s got the heart — the empathy — to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old — and that’s the criteria by which I’ll be selecting my judges.”

Earlier this month Obama said he would nominate a person who combines “empathy and understanding” with an impeccable legal background

“Who understands that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book. It is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people’s lives.”

That “abstract legal theory” Obama referred to is more commonly known as the United States Constitution, a document he has in the past derided as fundamentally flawed.  

A Supreme Court Justice takes the following oath:

    “I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as (title) under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

Apparently, Barack Obama is seeking a Supreme Court justice who will violate their sworn oath to administer justice impartially. He believes the figure of Justice should lift her blindfold in order to be partial to certain categories of persons. 

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17 Responses to Why does Lady Justice Wear a Blindfold?

  1. If all Supreme Court rulings are merely the impersonal and mechanical application of constitutional law, why is it that Supreme Court justices VOTE on issues, and why are such votes not always unanimous? I suspect you would prefer a single computer to be in charge of the Supreme Court. Thankfully, that is not the case. There are perceptually and intellectually and emotionally unimpaired human beings on that bench – in accordance with the intention of those who wrote the US Constitution. Wise men.

    • Coline says:

      It’s not what Obama said at all and I think this article is deliberatly obtuse. He said he wish for someone with empathy for a better understanding of every case; not someone with a bias.
      But, of course, if we start to scream partiality when it said empathy, maybe we should start our protest with a definition from the dictionary because there is no Understanding, Judgement and/or Empathy without education.

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  3. 1389AD says:

    Justice is blindfolded? Not with Obozo and Eric Holder in office. Click [HERE] and scroll down to see what Obozo’s hypothetical son would have looked and acted like.

    I realize that the Lord loveth not the death of the unrighteous. That said, the US becomes a safer place (including and especially for black Americans) every time a ghetto thug dies.

  4. M. R. Wilde says:

    The standard response is it represents impartial justice. The goddess or angel of justice cannot see whether those coming before her are rich or poor, powerful or weak… blah, blah, blah.

    If Lady Justice is blindfolded, how can she make a correct judgment if she can’t see the scales?

    How can she wield her sword if she can’t see what she’s striking?

    It’s no coincidence that Lady Justice is blindfolded because that’s the way justice works…blindly!

    And that’s why it’s often the case where the more heinous the crime, the less the time.

    They don’t call it “criminal justice” instead of “victim justice” for nothing!


  5. Elizabeth thomsen says:

    The lady justice is fair to all as well as understanding, she may be young but she is wiser than others realize behind her eyes. She never need to see the scale nor the sword to protect, she know where to go and strike because she has been there before others (she also isn’t really blind). She has no empathy because their is no emotion in a court room. Never the less if it is not that day she will serve you then this means others needed her more. How sad for those that can never understand this. We are all part of a bigger purpose and she is the truth that shines which is why she holds the flame up high so everyone can see. She never needed to speak before i wonder why others ask this of her now?

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  8. OldDave says:

    Obama, the master of semantic deception. Need another example: Affordable Care Act.

  9. lulu hussein says:

    ugh this doesnt help me for my project for school

  10. pls i to know full story why is it a woman is using as a symbol of justice instead of a man?

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  13. jesse says:

    do the right thing the first time. in our heart everyone knows what it is.

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