Nation: WARREN: OUT OF THE STORM CENTER

AMERICANS, enthralled by the personality of their chief executive and the power of his office, tend to talk about their political history in terms of presidential administrations. Yet last week, when it was learned that Earl Warren, the 14th Chief Justice of the United States, would soon retire from the Supreme Court, it was clear that another branch of government can define a historic period just as sharply—if not more so. For the past 15 years, the extraordinary "Warren court," spanning all but a few months of the terms of three Presidents, has had...

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