Category Archives: American Judges

Justice Antonin Scalia, the Establishment Clause, and Religion in the Public Square

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been described as  the “dean of the modern conservative legal movement,” and as “brilliant, contentious, [and] Catholic.” In a 2006 poll on a legal blog, Justice Scalia won by a wide margin in a vote … Continue reading

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Pierce Butler, Trial Lawyer and Supreme Court Justice

Pierce Butler was a prominent trial lawyer who became a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. On the court, he is most remembered as a conservative stalwart and member of the so-called Four Horsemen, a group of … Continue reading

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William Gaston

William Gaston of North Carolina (1778 – 1844) is a forgotten American judicial treasure who broke new ground in the law of slavery and race, providing legal protections to both slaves and African-American freedmen, where previously there had  been few. Justice Joseph … Continue reading

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