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handle is hein.journals/thirdbran41 and id is 1 raw text is: 2008 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary

This past November, the Smithsonian Institution
completed an acclaimed renovation of its National
Museum of American History, which houses many of our
Nation's most treasured historical artifacts. The highlight
for many visitors is the Star-Spangled Banner Gallery,
which provides a permanent home for the garrison
flag that flew over Fort McHenry
on the morning of September 14,
1814. The appearance of the flag at
dawn marked the success of Amer-
ican soldiers in repulsing a British
attack during the War of 1812
and inspired Francis Scott Key to
compose the song that has become
our national anthem.
The Smithsonian Institution has
painstakingly preserved this fragile
flag. It lies solemnly unfurled
behind a glass wall in a darkened
conservation chamber. The flag
bears scars from the pitched battle,
but it also shows blemishes, regret-
tably, from later neglect. The stripes
are frayed, the canton is worn, and
one of its fifteen stars has gone
missing. Souvenir collectors during        Chief Justice
the nineteenth century snipped
away fabric from its edges. This tattered flag neverthe-
less inspires deep reverence. Why? Because it speaks
eloquently to the sacrifices of every American who has
contributed to the preservation of the United States.
Our country wisely preserves and maintains its
national symbols. As citizens, we should strive with no
Jess determination and vigor to preserve and maintain


what our flag signifies and our anthem celebrates. The
Constitution that secures the freedoms we hold dear
endures not only because it enables self-government,
but also because individuals come forward to participate
in the function of governing, through voting and jury
duty, through military and civilian service, and through
elected and appointed office. A
great government depends on
all its citizens to contribute their
talents and ideals in response to
their Nation's call.
The Judiciary depends on such
people, who have made Amer-
ican courts the envy of the world
and the model for new democra-
cies. As I have previously pointed
out, however, widespread esteem
is no reason for complacency. In
last year's report, I identified my
goals of strengthening the Judi-
ciary by promoting greater inter-
Branch cooperation, maintaining
high standards of judicial conduct,
and restoring fair compensation
for federal judges. This year, as the
G. Roberts, Jr.  Nation faces severe economic strains,
I would like to note briefly what the
dedicated men and women in the Judiciary are doing to
control the costs of administering justice.
The Judiciary, including the Supreme Court, other
federal courts, the Administrative Office of the United
States Courts, and the Federal Judicial Center, received
a total appropriation in fiscal year 2008 of $6.2 billion.
That represents a mere two-tenths of 1 percent of the

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Vol. 41
Number I
January 2009


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