The possibility of having a Supreme Court Justice who is explicitly against crony capitalism, for property rights, and for human liberty is a tantalizing prospect.
Below The Texas Observer introduces Don Willett to the non-legal non-Texas world. Known for his sense of humor, his extensive social media following (at least for a judge), his transpartisan friendships, sharp mind, and commitment to liberty, the current Texas Supreme Court Justice could usher in a new era for the Court.
It’s early days but that Willett is being looked at closely bodes well for those of us who believe in the sanctity of Life, Liberty, and Property.
You can follow Justice Willett at @JusticeWillett .
(From The Texas Observer)
…Willett, whom Mellor endorsed for reelection in 2012, is a sitting judge, and his opinions have a real-world power that policy writing does not. Offering up phrases such as “police power cannot go unpoliced” and “liberty is not provided by government; liberty preexists government,” Willett has taken the language of judicial engagement and deployed it to explain why he and his colleagues have decided to strike down actual laws.
Willett’s most famous opinions have come in cases that are deceptively narrow, but which in fact offer a map to reshaping the role of the judiciary. His widely read concurrence in 2015’s Patel v. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation sided with a majority that struck down a licensing regime for Texas eyebrow threaders that required 750 hours of training. But as Willett made clear, the case concerned deeper issues than the cosmetology education of Ashish Patel. The case, Willett wrote, was “fundamentally about the American Dream and the unalienable human right to pursue happiness without curtsying to government on bended knee.”