THE SUPREME COURT: The Judges or the Congress?

In three related cases, the nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court last week wrote twelve separate opinions, split with a fundamental bitterness unknown since 1946, when Justice Robert Jackson began feuding in public with Justice Hugo Black. As it happened, last week's cases had to do with the right of the U.S. to deprive native-born Americans of their citizenship for such acts as desertion or voting in the elections of a foreign country. But in their sum and substance, the Supreme Court's unvarnished differences went to a far more basic point: the...

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