Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

10 June 2004

Something Very Rare

Today the Supreme Court released a 6-3 decision about paintings by Gustav Klimt and a fraud committed by the Austrian government. The amazing thing is not this, though. The amazing thing is the 6-3 vote. Now normally the 3 would be Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas, but today, the dissenters were The Chief, Clarence Thomas, and Anthony Kennedy! Heretofore, I had always assumed that Justice Thomas sided with Justice Scalia EVERY time. In the past I have even referred to Justice Thomas as a lapdog to Justice Scalia. I have been proved wrong. I don't expect it to happen again, but this is definitely some kind of milestone.