David Souter was named a Supreme Court justice by President George H. W. Bush in 1990. From his experience as New Hampshire attorney general and a State court judge, Souter knew that judges' decisions are more than abstract exercises. Here are his thoughtful comments on the point:
"Whether we are on trial court or an appellate court, at the end of our task some human being is going to be affected.....If indeed we are going to be trial judges, whose rulings will affect lives of other people and who are going to change their lives by what we do, we had better use very power of our minds and our hearts and our beings to get those rulings right."
Evaluating the Quotation: Think of an issue that reflects the "human" effects of court decisions that Justice Souter refers to. In what ways did a court decision affect the daily lives of Americans?