November 4, 2013
Have Liberals Forsaken Due Process?
In the archives of legal fiction, one character most consciously embodied liberal self-perception. That was Juror #8, the character played by Henry Fonda in the 1957 movie, Twelve Angry Men. In his screenplay notes, Reginald Rose described #8 as "a man who sees all sides of every question and constantly seeks the truth. A man of strength tempered with compassion. Above all, he is a man who wants justice to be done and will fight to see that it is." Not one for nuance, Rose described #8's nemesis, Juror #3, played by Lee J. Cobb in the film, as "a humorless man who is intolerant of opinions other than his own and accustomed to forcing his wishes and views upon others." This being the mid-fifties, Juror #3 served as the inevitable Joe McCarthy proxy. In the film, he allied himself with Juror #10, "a bigot who places no values on any human life save his own." Such was the profile of the conservative in the liberal mind nearly sixty years...(Read Full Article)