"I will seek someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a casebook; it is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people's lives, whether they can make a living and care for their families, whether they feel safe in their homes and welcome in their own nation. I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles, as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes."
Barack Obama on his choice for a Supreme Court Justice.
How the laws effect our lives?
I'm sorry but I thought a SCOTUS justice was supposed to interpret the US Constitution based on sound legal reasoning and past case law, not if it is nice or not.
I would think empathy would be the last trait we would look for. To me it seems they really should be closer to cold and uncaring, calmly and unemotionally during their job.
What Obama is looking for is a Social Worker, not a judge. Of course, when your building a Nanny State, maybe a Social Worker on the bench is what is needed. I don't know.