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Learned Hand

There are several interesting items in the Weekend WSJ today.  Adam White has this review of a collection of Judge Learned Hand's correspondence, edited by his granddaughter Constance Jordan.  White notes, "Only one jurist has condemned Brown [v. Board of Education] without losing his reputation, and he accomplished that feat only because he had established himself as one of the greatest judges in American history."  Hand was one of the foremost advocates of judicial restraint in the first half of the twentieth century, and he maintained his opposition to judicial activism even as the pendulum swung from results he opposed to results he favored.

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