How Justice Thomas’ Discontent Channels Justice Douglas

Over the past year the Supreme Court has in many ways lacked consistency. Its membership has changed, there was a long period of uncertainty as to the future ideological balance of the Court, and with this uncertain future the Court looked like it might make its first strong shift to the left since the Warren…

Justice Ginsburg: Political and Efficient All Wrapped Up in One

Once on the Supreme Court the Justices have a few essential obligations. Add to this life-tenure and lots of free time while the Court is in recess and the job sounds pretty enviable. The Justices still must hear oral arguments, meet and vote to decide cases, and grant new cases for the Court to hear…

Odd Couples (and Trios)

With eight Justices voting on the majority of cases this Term, who are known to often split their votes along ideological lines, there were and are bound to be several unique repercussions.  The Justices had and have the option of evenly splitting their votes and leaving lower court opinions as they stand.  They also can seek…