Here are some quotes I wrote down:
- CT: First year [of law school] was clear as cement!
- CT: You'd think I was in a concentration camp or something and I had to find a way to fill my time -- law school.
- CT: In the 18 years I've been there [on SCOTUS] I've yet to hear an unkind word in our conferences.
- Q: How many hours a day do you work?
- A: Less than 24 hours a day.
- CT: I don't like excerpts because people have agendas when they excerpt cases. (Kinda true, right? I've never thought about it. Our books are filled with excerpts from cases mixed with explanation from the authors, but now that I think about it, you can't really present part of a case without showing some bias. It's like piecing together quotes -- you can get them to mean whatever you want.)
- Q: What do you think the future of affirmative action is?
- A: It'll always be on shaky ground because of the 14th Amendment.
- CT: [Totally nonchalantly]: One thing lead to another, and I ended up on the Supreme Court.
Here's the question I asked: It seems like, the more I learn, the more I become aware of how much information there is out there that I don't know. That, coupled with the fact that law school has trained us how to argue both sides of cases, and it's made it harder for me to take a firm position on an issue. How do you decide when it's close, when both sides are persuasive?
- CT: You just have to vote. You have to take a position. That part doesn't get any easier for some cases. Don't think we're any different from you in that sense.
That's been my main question in law school. How do I prepare myself to argue both sides of any issue, but keep some personal positions consistent? His answer wasn't the most satisfying, but it was practical.
- Q: What do you think about the RIAA cases where damages for illegal downloads are outrageously high?
- A: Hey, it's California, it's Hollywood. Who knows!
- CT (jokingly): I'm off my medication, that's why things are so fascinating.
- CT: I don't like politics. I like law, I like rules.
- Q: What's been the biggest change in your life as a SCOTUS justice?
- A: Well, people look at you everywhere you go. You start to feel sorry for the animals at the zoo!