In keeping with Frank Rizzo’s dictum that a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged, should we expect the “conservative wing” of the U.S. Supreme Court now to grow by one?
WASHINGTON — Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed last week by a machete-wielding intruder at his vacation home in the West Indies, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Monday.
The 73-year-old Breyer, wife Joanna and guests were confronted by the robber around 9 p.m. EST Thursday in the home Breyer owns on the Caribbean island of Nevis, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. The intruder took about $1,000 in cash and no one was hurt, Arberg said.
She said the robbery was reported to local authorities, but she did not know if an arrest has been made. The U.S. Marshals Service is assisting local authorities and the Supreme Court Police with the investigation, Marshals Service spokesman Jeff Carter said.
I was just joking with the “conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.” I find that sort of argument (such as, “If someone in your family were gay, you’d change your mind…”) to be grossly offensive. I respect the justice too much to believe that his discernment in matters of the law is that shallow.
For that matter, I don’t really believe in the whole “left wing and right wing of the Court” thing. I believe everyone we have on the Supreme Court today gives careful consideration, based upon the law, to his or her decisions, rather than deliberately skewing things along the absurd lines that define politics today.
That said, where does Justice Breyer get off off-shoring his vacation home? How about that, huh?