She's Worth 'Going Nuclear' Over
By Harold Johnson - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - Orange County Register
State Justice Brown would be a champion of freedom on the federal bench
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If GOP leaders really do go to the wall for Brown - and succeed - a bright future awaits her on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (a post that could position her for an eventual Supreme Court nomination). But her departure will be a loss for the law in California.
This daughter of an Alabama sharecropper - this African-American woman who attended segregated schools in her native state, and put herself through college and law school in California - offers testimony to the rewards that can come from character and can-do commitment.
But Brown's star power derives from more than her impressive personal story. She is an intellectual leader of California's high court and its most articulate voice for limited government and individual freedom.
This nation would be well served with Justice Janice Rogers Brown on any court. She is simultaneously one of the most impressive and down to earth people I have ever met. I do not say that because she is conservative. I say that because she is an intelligent fighter for freedom and restrictions on the power of government, including limiting the power of the courts to abuse the powerless.