The Supreme Court: Warren v. Frankfurter

The nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have an august, impersonal presence. But beneath those black robes beat the human hearts of men with very human worries, frustrations—and tempers. Chief Justice Earl Warren has a notably thin skin, and waspish Justice Felix Frankfurter can get under an elephant's hide. Last week the two tiffed on the bench.

Warren and Frankfurter had their first notable collision in public one day in 1957, when Frankfurter dared to interrupt Warren and reword some convoluted questions that the Chief Justice was putting to a lawyer....

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