Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

His legal decisions were so respected they were referenced in U.S. Supreme Court cases. For 40 years he served on the New York District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals before dying this day, Aug. 18, 1961. His name was Learned Hand. During World War II in New York’s Central Park, Judge Learned Hand stated: “The spirit of liberty is the spirit of Him who, nearly 2,000 years ago, taught mankind the lesson it has never learned, but has never quite forgotten – that there may be a kingdom where the least shall be … side by side with the greatest.”