In an address to the 9th Circuit's annual Judicial Conference last week, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy touched on how international law has influenced him -- a subject that has subjected him to criticism in Congress and among conservative commentators. Kennedy said the justices are "obligated to let people know what is shaping our thinking." He wondered aloud whether he should hide that he has read French philosophers, for example. "It is silly, this kind of know-nothing attitude," he said.
Justice Kennedy Defends International Outlook
The National Law Journal
August 7, 2008