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|In an unusually forceful and forthright speech, OConnor said that attacks on the judiciary by some Republican leaders pose a direct threat to our constitutional freedoms. OConnor began by conceding that courts do have the power to make presidents or the Congress or governors, as she put it really, really angry. But, she continued, if we dont make them mad some of the time we probably arent doing our jobs as judges, and our effectiveness, she said, is premised on the notion that we wont be subject to retaliation for our judicial acts. The nations founders wrote repeatedly, she said, that without an independent judiciary to protect individual rights from the other branches of government those rights and privileges would amount to nothing. But, said OConnor, as the founding fathers knew statutes and constitutions dont protect judicial independence, people do.|
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