The Law: Toward a Burger Court

Whatever the Senate's vote this week on the controversial nomination of G. Harrold Carswell, President Nixon is determined to appoint men to the Supreme Court who are "strict constructionists." Since he will probably have the chance to choose several more Justices, what might that ill-defined term come to mean in the 1970s?

Seven months of activity by Nixon's first strict constructionist appointee, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, are beginning to provide some answers. Burger would prefer to have the court take a less active role than it did during the Warren years, assume a low profile, and keep hands off more decisions...

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