Supreme Court: Year of the Pause

During the term that ended last week, the United States Supreme Court had its first new Chief Justice in 16 years. Warren Burger was chosen by President Richard Nixon in the hope that he would direct the court toward a new era of judicial restraint, a pullback from the activism and controversy of the Warren Court. The outcome was just that, but it was not really Burger's doing so much as it was the U.S. Senate's. A seat on the court remained empty for virtually the entire term, the result of the Senate's...

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