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Defending The Middle Way: Intermediate Scrutiny As Judicial Minimalism, Jay D. Wexler Jan 1998

Defending The Middle Way: Intermediate Scrutiny As Judicial Minimalism, Jay D. Wexler

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In the last few years, Court-watchers have been particularly busy critiquing the constitutional decisions of the splintered Rehnquist Court. Two of the recurring critiques have posited that the Justices are overly activist and that their opinions are needlessly confusing. American Lawyer's Stuart Taylor, for example, has decried both the "jurisprudential mess" of the Court's recent redistricting decisions' as well as the disturbing activism that Taylor believes marks each of the Equal Protection decisions of the 1995-96 Terman activism that has led him to wonder "whether there is any life at all left in the idea of judicial restraint."' Eva Rodriguez …