Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren

Born in California on March 19 1891, Earl Warren went to study law at the University of California at Berkeley in 1912; He first became a deputy District Attorney of the country Alameda. In 1925, he had the privilege of being elected the country Attorney. During this time he hired a female lawyer to be his assistant something that was ‘out of the ordinary’ then. Earl Warren occupied the office of the Attorney General between the years 1939 till 1943. During this time as a member of the Judicial Qualification Commission he put a block to the confirmation of Gov.

Olsen’s nominee to the Supreme Court. He played a big role during the second world war, in advocating for Japanese removal from their descent life to the internment camps, something he later confessed to have deeply regrets for and I quote his actual words on this ‘"I have since deeply regretted the removal order and my own testimony advocating it, because it was not in keeping with our American concept of freedom and the rights of citizens. Whenever I thought of the innocent little children who were torn from home, school friends and congenial surroundings, I was conscience-stricken.

" His service as a Chief Executive of State went on from 1943-1953, during 1945 he proposed for a medical insurance programme to be brought in place. However in 1948, Earl Warren developed a keen interest in becoming the president of the United States, wanting to become the then Republican Dewey’s Vice President running mate. Although Earl had interest for the nomination of the Republican President, he lost it to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhover who was later the person going to appoint Earl Warren as the Chief Justice in 1953. After the death of Fred M.

Vinson, in 1953, there was obviously in the office of the court leader, this is the period that Earl gave the president an ultimatum: that he be appointed to the vacancy as promised or he resigns and goes public accusing the president as a liar thus tainting his name something which resulted to his nomination by President Eisenhower, to the highest Judicial Office on 5th October 1953 and he easily won confirmation as a senate. This is when Earl Warren began his role as the top judge but without previous experience in the bench office.

One year after he was nominated to this high post, Earl wrote a ban for the nation’s schools in the land mark rule for Brown Board of Education case documents. There were continuous decisions to broaden civil rights. He ruled a case in 1955, against segregated public schools seeking desegregate of Dallas public school system, ensuring the rights of suspected criminals determining a constitutional ‘right to privacy’ this was met differently with some people seeing it as a reason to celebrate at this ruling for the expansion of rights and liberties while others condemned it as an overreaching decision

In another case whereby Linda a student in the segregated Kansas school had to walk for 5 miles everyday to get to the school leaving a white school which was near her house because she wan unable to attend that one the case went like this:-  Her Dad enlisted the help of NAACP to make sure that his daughter went to the best school possible, Thurgood Marshall who then headed NAACP challenged the segregation of the school claiming that the law violated the 14th amendments to the constitution that stated all citizens should receive equal protection under the law.

The court affirmed Marshall and the Brown family (Linda’s family) overturning the precedent set by the Plessey decision. Warren said that ‘in the eyes of law, justice was color blind’ this ruling favored the Brown with the court ordering the integration of America. This was indeed the beginning of the civil rights movement. In 1969 – Tinker Vs Des Moines