The Law: The Dissenter

"These decisions give support to a current mistaken view of the Constitution and the constitutional function," said Justice John Marshall Harlan. "This view, in a nutshell, is that every major social ill in this country can find its cure in some constitutional 'principle,' and that this Court should 'take the lead' in promoting reform when other branches fail to act.

"If the time comes when this Court is looked upon by well-meaning people —or, worse yet, by the Court itself—as the repository of all reforms, I think the seeds of trouble are being sown...

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