The Recent Role of Separate Opinions

In a 2015 article for the Washington Post reviewing Melvin Urofsky’s book Dissent and the Supreme Court, the David Cole wrote, “What determines a great dissent…is not necessarily the power of the argument but the shifting tides of history…History, not rhetoric or cogency, determines whether a dissent wins out in the long run. Yet by articulating a…

Signs of a Gridlocked SCOTUS

Congress has historically low levels of public approval.  Current Gallup Polls place Congress’ approval rating at around 18%.    The Supreme Court’s approval rating tends to hover much higher – generally around the 50% level.  One reason for this disparity is from sense that the Supreme Court does not engage in politics in the manner of other…