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.
Clearly, Diaz is a judge who has learned to look at the law through the eyes of those whose lives hang in the balance of court decisions.