"These are very tough issues. I always felt on my court, it was illegitimate for me to decide a case just the way I would like the law to come out. But I did not feel that there was one simple answer, like plain meaning or look at the intent of the framer, that would solve every case. It was a nuanced, difficult battle, and I felt my job was to try to get into the head and the spirit of whoever had come up with the text we were trying to apply -- whether it was the legislature or the voters of Texas or the framers and ratifiers of the Constitution of the United States -- about what they would want this text to do in this situation."
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