The Law: The Nixon Radicals

As a candidate in 1968, Richard Nixon attacked the Supreme Court for "hamstringing the peace forces in our society and strengthening the criminal forces." When chance gave him the extraordinary opportunity of making four court nominations within three years, Nixon firmly moved to change things. After he named Lewis Powell and William Rehnquist last October, he seemed on the verge of gaining a "Nixon majority." And last week, as the court moved into its final flurry of decision making for the term, two rulings demonstrated that the balance has now tipped toward the...

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