Courts: Cracks in the Closed Society

Any time a president of the Mississippi Bar Association makes a speech, most Americans might give odds that he would include a blast at the U.S. Supreme Court. But Earl T. Thomas, partner in a top Jackson law firm, produced something quite different last week in a talk to Mississippi judges on "how to improve the administration of justice."

A key problem is loss of public faith in courts, said Thomas, and one big reason is "backwash from the irrational, intemperate and emotional criticism of the United States Supreme Court. Fair, objective and rational criticism...

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