Justice Stevens Gives Shout-Out to Charlton Heston in McDonald Dissent

July 19th, 2010

Not sure how I just noticed this, but in a footnote in his McDonald dissent, Justice Stevens gives a serious shot-out to Charlton Heston:

Millions of Americans have answered this question in the affirmative, not infrequently because they believe they have an inalienable right to do so——because they consider it an aspect of ““the supreme human dignity of being master of one’’s fate rather than a ward of the State,”” Indiana v. Edwards, 554 U. S. 164, 186 (2008) (SCALIA, J., dissenting). Many such decisions have been based, in part, on family traditions and deeply held beliefs that are an aspect of individual autonomy the government may not control.29

29 Members of my generation, at least, will recall the many passionate statements of this view made by the distinguished actor, Charlton Heston.

The more I read Stevens’ dissent, the more I like it (not that I agree with it). It is still befuddling by Breyer, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor did not join it.

Anyway, in honor of Charlton Heston, please watch obligatory “From my cold dead hands” clip.