Letter: Precedent and the Supreme Court
I am one of those dreaded snowbirds, living in Eagle County for five months in the summer season and then (being the cold weather wimp I am), my husband and I head for warm sea-level winters. I am also a retired attorney from California and look forward to reading Rohn Robbins’ legal commentary every Wednesday. When he talks about his experiences in court and with clients, it brings a smile to my face, sometimes momentarily making me miss my old work. But then I know the mountains are calling for me to hike and see the incredible beauty, allowing me to forget about the stressful life I had as an attorney.
Today, I felt compelled to write this letter and thank Rohn after reading his explanation of Roe v. Wade and precedent. As an attorney, I have argued precedent at the trial court hundreds of times, but his discussion of vertical and horizontal precedent was so simply written and provided a great explanation of this incredibly important issue. So many of my nonlawyer friends have asked me what I think the U.S. Supreme Court will decide when the Texas case is considered by that court. I wish I could say that the justices will stay with their long adherence to precedent, but as Rohn says, the conservative court may try to find a way to carve out a distinction. I just hope they remain true to their oath when they were sworn in as the highest justices in our land and do not mix politics and religion into their analysis.