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Anthony M. Kennedy: “Speech Is the Beginning of Thought”

  • Helen J. Knowles

Abstract

Born in Sacramento in 1936, Anthony M. Kennedy was raised “in the same white colonial-style house … behind a camelia [sic] bush and a neat row of gardenias” in which he would live (with the exception of a few years) before moving to Washington, DC, in 1988, the year he was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan.1 “It was a wonderful town and a wonderful time. What’s the movie with Jimmy Stewart? It’s a Wonderful Life..” This is how Justice Kennedy recalls the at-the-time economically booming capital of California.2 These fond memories of his upbringing are emblematic of the air of pomposity, the elitist morality, and the unrealistically sunny disposition that Kennedy has been accused of bringing to his work at the US Supreme Court.3

Keywords

Free Speech False Statement Plurality Opinion Crime Victim False Claim 
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Notes

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    Robert Reinhold, “Restrained Pragmatist Anthony M. Kennedy”, New York Times, November 12, 1987, A1. This chapter incorporates a section of Helen J. Knowles, The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)Google Scholar
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© Helen J. Knowles and Steven B. Lichtman 2015

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