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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Is the Roberts court moving to the right?

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 Under Roberts, Supreme Court Has Edged to the Right is an interesting July 24, 2010 New York Times article. I thought it would be appropriate to bring it to your attention now that a new term of the Supreme Court has started. According to the author, Adam Liptak, the addition of Kagan will not make much of a difference. As the article states:


In those five years, the court not only moved to the right but also became the most conservative one in living memory, based on an analysis of four sets of political science data.

And for all the public debate about the confirmation of Elena Kagan or the addition last year of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, there is no reason to think they will make a difference in the court’s ideological balance. Indeed, the data show that only one recent replacement altered its direction, that of JusticeSamuel A. Alito Jr. for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2006, pulling the court to the right.

There is no similar switch on the horizon. That means that Chief Justice Roberts, 55, is settling in for what is likely to be a very long tenure at the head of a court that seems to be entering a period of stability.

I am not sure if the author is right. One Justice can make a difference. 


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