Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Recent scholarship about the Supreme Court

A recent article in the New York Times notes an increase in quantitative analysis of U.S. Supreme RobertsCourt opinions. It cites forthcoming scholarship by Daniel Rockmore, Keith Carlson, and  Michael Livermore as showing that the Court's current opinions are “sprawling, accessible and testy.” Illustrating the latter two traits, the article quotes a pointed response by Chief Justice John Roberts  in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar, a recent judicial ethics opinion. Dissenting Justice Antonin Scalia argued that the judicial canon against judges’ campaigning has “nothing to do with the appearances created by judges’ asking for money.” Writing for the majority, Roberts’ rejoinder was one word: “Nothing?”

Hat tip: Terrill Pollman


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