“Thanks to the genius of those who framed our Constitution, and those who have maintained faith with its words and ideals over the past two centuries, the American people have a Supreme Court and a national judicial system that are the model for justice throughout the world.”

December 31st, 2010

So said Chief Justice Roberts in his annual report.

Here’s the introduction:

In 1935—in the midst of the Great Depression—many Americans sought respite from the Nation’s economic troubles at their local movie theaters, which debuted now-classic films, such as Mutiny on the Bounty, Top Hat, and Night at the Opera. Moviegoers of that era enjoyed a prelude of short features as they settled into their seats. As the lights dimmed, the screen beamed previews of coming attractions, Merrie Melody cartoons, and the Movietone newsreels of current events. The 1935 news shorts also provided many Americans with their first look at the Supreme Court’s new building, which opened that year.

Seventy-five years later, the Supreme Court’s majestic building stands out as a familiar and iconic monument to the rule of law. The architect’s use of classical elements and durable stone has aptly captured the Court’s imperishable role in our system of government.

Too bad he closed the front doors.