As we see in this symposium, Justice Harry Blackmun is as controversial in death as he was in life. His strongest critics, such as Professor Greg Sisk, view the Justice as an unprincipled judge who let his personal views on the issues before the Court control his jurisprudence.' More damning words cannot be spoken about a judge, and Roe v. Wade of course is the case they focus on. His strongest proponents, most famously Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh and Stanford Law School Professor Pam Karlan, view the Justice as a man of high principle who worked carefully, methodically, courageously, and with an open mind. They, too, point to Roe v. Wade, but as a symbol of his compassion and commitment to equality for all people.
Richard C. Reuben,
Justice Blackmun and the Spirit of Liberty,
70 Mo. L. Rev.
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