Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Anthony Lewis, Supreme Court Reporter Who Brought Law to Life, Dies at 85

The obituary of Anthony Lewis, Supreme Court Reporter makes compelling reading. I urge you to take 5 minutes and cup of tea. Anthony Lewis believed in two things close to my heart: justice and freedom of the press. 
“He brought context to the law,” said Ronald K. L. Collins, a scholar at the University of Washington who compiled a bibliography of Mr. Lewis’s work. “He had an incredible talent in making the law not only intelligible but also in making it compelling.”
Before Mr. Lewis started covering the Supreme Court, press reports on its decisions were apt to be pedestrian recitations by journalists without legal training, rarely examining the court’s reasoning or grappling with the context and consequences of particular rulings. Mr. Lewis’s thorough knowledge of the court’s work changed that. His articles were virtual tutorials about currents in legal thinking, written with ease and sweep and an ability to render complex matters accessible.

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