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Columbia Law School

2003

Constitutional Law

Saint Louis University Law Journal

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The Making Of The Second Rehnquist Court: A Preliminary Analysis, Thomas W. Merrill Jan 2003

The Making Of The Second Rehnquist Court: A Preliminary Analysis, Thomas W. Merrill

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The Supreme Court is implicitly assumed to have a certain unity of character under each Chief Justice. Hence, we refer to the "Marshall Court," the "Warren Court," and the "Rehnquist Court." A closer look at history reveals that this assumption of a natural Court defined by the tenure of each Chief Justice is often misleading. The Marshall Court had a different character late in its life than it did in its early years. Similarly, the Warren Court became distinctively more liberal and activist after 1962 when Felix Frankfurter retired and was replaced by Arthur Goldberg.

Although the Rehnquist Court is ...