The decision…to announce the [Ferguson] decision at 8:30 p.m. CT was foolish and dangerous. Here's the thing about that time of night: it's dark. Anyone – anyone! - should have known the decision in the Brown case would have been controversial. A decision not to indict, which was always possible, even likely, would have been sure to attract protests, even violence. Crowd control is always more difficult in the dark.
Nov 25, 2014
It takes a lot of effort ... for an examiner to go out and look at court reports, look at judges' documents, try to find a final disposition so we can get back to a gun dealer on whether they can sell that gun or not. And we don't always get back to them.
Nov 26, 2014
We live in a country that talks about being the home of the brave and the land of the free, and we have the highest incarceration rate in the world.
Oct 16, 2014
Racial discrimination in elections in Texas is no mere historical artifact. To the contrary, Texas has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every redistricting cycle from and after 1970.
Oct 18, 2014
…Activism is like ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’…If a judge is called an activist, you know the person saying that doesn't like the decision.
Sep 23, 2014
The Court is making the preposterous assumption that the People of the United States somehow silently redefined marriage in 1868 when they ratified the 14th Amendment.
Oct 06, 2014
They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole - until Friday night a Texas grand jury announced an indictment of governor Rick Perry.
Aug 16, 2014
I wasn’t given a fair trial or anything. It’s sad that this process can be abused and that the university can totally change somebody’s life, with very little evidence...In the real world, rape and sexual assault are crimes punishable by going to jail - and rightfully so. Why is [campus sexual assault] left up to schools?
Aug 20, 2014
Not only should we not get our moral compass from religion, as a matter of fact we don’t…if you actually look at the bible or the Koran, and get your moral compass from there, it’s horrible – stoning people to death, stoning people for breaking the Sabbath. Now, of course we don’t do that anymore, but the reason we don’t do it is that we pick out those verses of the bible that we like, and reject those verses we don’t like. What criteria do we use to pick out the good ones and reject the bad ones? Non-biblical criteria, non-religious criteria. The same criteria as guide any modern person in their moral compass that has nothing to do with religion.
Sep 27, 2013