At the time the supreme court was homeless and would

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from New Hampshire published an article accomplishing just that. At the time, the Supreme Court was homeless and would not find a permanent structure for another eighty years. As this eloquent journalist wrote: The Court room is in the northern wing of the Capitol, on the ground floor. It is broken by pillars and arched walls, and is badly lighted. It is handsomely furnished, with rich Wilton carpets, silken drapery, &c. The light is admitted from the rear windows alone, and the Judges sit with their backs to the light; the counsel who address them can scarcely see their faces. At 11 o‘clock they enter deliberately, all dressed in black, and with gowns[.] After they are seated, the crier proclaims —‗Oyez, oyez, oyez! the Supreme Court of the United States is now in session; all persons having business therein are admonished to draw near and give their attendance. God save the United States and these honorable Judges.‘ The journalist continued to weave words in a way that relates the gravity of the Court he observed. After an illustration of the room itself, the journalist took time to sketch each justice: In the centre sits the Chief Justice, Roger B. Taney of Md. He is tall, sallow, thin, hard-featured, and careless in dress. His history is well known. […] The sincerity of his convictions no one doubts. There is about him an unmistakable air of intellect and authority, and he is not an unworthy successor of John Marshall (―[No Headline]‖).
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3 Here, Chief Justice Taney is favorably represented and clearly respected. Within a few short years, though, public opinion of him, and the Court, would drastically change. At the beginning of Taney‘s tenure, the Court reached a peak of success and respect that it had not before experienced. With one opinion, though, the Court‘s much needed and essential respect was gone; public confidence in the Court as an institution was dramatically shaken, and Taney lived his final years in failing health, never to see the Court he loved recover. Scholars remember Roger Brooke Taney as a successful Chief Justice; however, his reputation may be unfairly marred by one opinion. Although time has shown the error of his decision, history has largely forgotten the man behind the justice. Taney was complicated and led a difficult and arguably spectacular life. He was an advocate of every sort. As a lawyer, he represented many different interests, not all of which he personally supported. Lawyers are hired to defend and support the position of their clients; they are not hired to advance their own personal ideals. In a similar sense, judges are intended to mediate the law, not write their own public policy. First, the Constitution, and second, precedent, control significantly what the decision in a case will be. Judges are constrained by those factors and may not, should not, and cannot make a decision completely disregarding them.
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