September 15, 2006
Quote It! Stare Decisis
[T]houghout the history of the Court, stare decisis has had only a limited application in the field of constitutional law. And it is a wise policy which largely restricts it to those areas of the law where correction can be had by legislation. Otherwise the Constitution loses the flexibility necessary if it is to serve the needs of successive generations." -- William O. Douglas, in New York v. United States, 572, 590-591 (1946).
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