“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.