What does Mississippi’s largest newspaper say about Oliver Diaz?
A state Supreme Court comprised of nine justices who think exactly alike is a dangerous thing. Judicial balance comes from divergent philosophies working together to follow the law.
Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz is not in lockstep with the current majority on the state Supreme Court. Frequently, Diaz disagrees with that majority and makes his arguments for his positions in rational, authoritative dissents. That’s what the public hears about.
But less evident is the balance that Diaz brings to the court through those dissents and through his own life experiences. …
While meeting with The Clarion-Ledger Editorial Board in September, the incumbent jurist noted that of the current nine-member court, he is the only one who has had his life and career put on the line in a court of law, with his very freedom put in jeopardy.
His faith in the judicial system never wavered, and that faith – and his responsibility toward those whose cases come before him – has stayed with him, he said. …
His experience, his courage and the balance he brings to the court make Diaz better able to represent those with business before the court.
The Clarion Ledger, October 2008
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