ORLANDO, FL - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy says lawyers should speak up and explain the judicial process when judges come under attack.
The judiciary has come under attack from U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay who criticized the federal courts when they refused to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.
Delay pointed to Kennedy as an example of Republican members of the
Supreme Court who were activist and isolated.
Kennedy says there's nothing wrong with criticizing cases. What is worrisome he says is when the criticism isn't just focused on a decision but at the judiciary and individual judges.
He adds that lawyers can act as an intermediary between the
decisions made by judges and the larger society by explaining.
Some critics believe that the idea of judicial independence gives judges the ability to rule however they want to, but Kennedy says the opposite is true.