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Who Is Your Rock Star Judge?

By William Vogeler, Esq. on February 20, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Let's say you're a Bob Dylan fan because sometime in his storied career he spoke to your soul.

Spoke, not sang, because the man sings only a little better than Fergie sang at the NBA all-star game. But that's just one critic's opinion.

The point is, we choose our rock stars because something they do appeals to us. So why not have a rock star judge?

"Political Rock Stars"

Some critics, however, want us to stop treating Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg like a rock star. Richard Hasen, writing for the Los Angeles Times, says "the left should tone it down."

It is a little presumptuous of the opinion writer to say "the left" should tone it down. Maybe RBG's fans come from across the spectrum of politics, people, or genders?

In any case, Hasen says there's "something disconcerting about Supreme Court justices becoming political rock stars." Justice Clarence Thomas, speaking at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, seemed to agree and cautioned against "myth-making around the court."

Of course, Thomas has a different reputation. And nobody is calling him a rock star.

"A Cultural Icon"

Ginsburg, who spoke at the same panel with Thomas, has probably done more public outreach than her colleague. After all, one movie about her just came out and another one is in the works.

She recently spoke at the Roger Williams University School of Law, where the dean said students thronged to see her. She's a "cultural icon" and a "rock star," he said.

"It's a combination of her being a true legal pioneer and someone who has a public persona and personality that people find very compelling," said Dean Michael Yelnosky.

Ultimately, the fans choose their rock stars. It's not really up to the critics, is it?

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