Leading Amerian trial lawyer, Martin Garbus, on politics and the US Supreme Court (from a Buzzflash interview):
The first thing to acknowledge is that there is not some immutable law that people can pull out. In the abortion area you have twelve circuit courts. You probably have 300 decisions by the various circuit courts on various aspects of abortion. Of the 300 decisions, 150 will go one way, 150 will go the other way. Then it goes up to the United States Supreme Court, and by and large, you have 5-4, 5-4, 5-4. One really can’t believe that when you have, let’s say, 299 to 298, that those 298 judges are wrong on the law, or that they’re right on the law. The law is fundamentally, in my belief, 100% subjective, and is applied 100% politically, depending how you define political.Garbus has quite an impressive track record, including numerous appearances before the Supreme Court. His career has included early defence of comedian Lenny Bruce on obscentity charges, and civil rights, intellectual property and First Amendment advocacy. According to his his website, Garber's client roll includes Nancy Reagan Michael Bloomberg, Al Pacino, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Richard Gere, Robert Redford, Spike Lee, Michael Moore, and Tom Brokaw.