THE SUPREME COURT: Justices in Judgment

Waspishly worded split decisions, apparent encroachment on the legislative prerogative, political and sociological opinions applied to the rule of law in the land, have brought the Supreme Court of the U.S. under its heaviest fire since the New Deal days. Last week, from the annual conference of state chief justices, meeting in Pasadena, Calif., came the most meaningful criticism yet of the highest federal court.

By a 36-8 vote, the state chief justices adopted an unprecedented resolution. They approved a report on which a ten-man committee, headed by Maryland's Chief Judge Frederick W. Brune, had worked for a year. Said...

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