Elsewhere in this issue I discuss how the outcome of the presidential election might affect the Supreme Court’s future. Below is a midsummer trivia quiz on the Court’s richly quotable past.
Some quotes are by justices, others are about them or the Constitution. Award yourself 1 point for identifying the author of a quote; 2 more for naming the case or the author’s written work (where applicable); and, for Nos. 20-25, add 3 degree-of-difficulty bonus points for naming the author. A perfect score is 81. A score of 42 qualifies you as a Supreme Court expert. Answers are at the end.
1. "I know it when I see it."
2. "If the Court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact."
3. "A state of war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of the nation’s citizens."
4. "John, who the hell is … the guy dressed like a clown?"
5. "Thus, by a tour de force reminiscent not of jurists such as Hale, Holmes, and Hughes, but of escape artists such as Houdini, the Court eludes clear statutory language, ‘uncontradicted’ legislative history, and uniform precedent in concluding that employers are, after all, permitted to consider race in making employment decisions."
6. "Specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance."
7. "Yes, two, and they are both sitting on the Supreme Court."
8. "The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience."