THE SUPREME COURT: Roundhouse Punch

"The most unspectacular and yet the most sensational news-happening of our times," fumed syndicated Columnist David Lawrence last week, "is the manner in which the forty-eight state governments are being deprived of their rights by the Supreme Court of the United States." Lawrence, along with states' righters already hot under the collar about court rulings that have struck down segregation and state antisedition laws (TIME, April 16), was angered by the court's latest decision: that railroad unions can en force union-shop agreements even in states where the union shop is forbidden by "right-to-work" laws.

The case at hand involved five...