What's happening with the Supreme Court? W&M Constitutional Law prof tells all

How the Supreme Court has undergone significant changes since the presidency of Ronald Regan was the subject of William and Mary's Law Professor Neal Devin's recent talk to JCC Rotary. He is a recognized expert on the Court, having published articles concerning its progression in the Chicago, Columbia, Stanford, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, William & Mary and Yale Law Reviews in recent years. In Regan's day, the Supreme Court Justices voted the way they felt about a case, with little or no regard to the party to which they belonged. Often they would come down with a verdict which was unanimous, the idea being that the populace would more readily accept decisions with which all the wise heads agreed. Beginning in the last administration, however, split decisions along party lines became the norm, often on a five-to-four basis. A publicized, close decision makes for discontent in the ranks...

The Supreme Court is an important element in our society, set up for us under the Constitution. We will all be better off if it is allowed to perform its function without undue pressures from those who would rework the genius of our unique political system.

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