The Right Coast

February 28, 2005
Your Supreme Court at work
By Tom Smith

If you are black, and you get sent to prison in California, your chances of getting knifed in your sleep by an Aryan Brother just went up. But at least you will know, as you bleed out, that you have not been discriminated against by the State of California. By the Aryan Brotherhood, perhaps, but not by the state. And how can that fail to be consoling? There are worse things than getting knifed in your sleep. There is, for example, being forced to read an opinion by Justice O'Connor. But everybody makes mistakes. Some people end up in jail, and some people end up on the Supreme Court.