The Law: Agreeing to Disagree

"We are professionals at disagreeing," Chief Justice Burger tells friends. "We're experts at arguing with each other without getting personally aggrieved." But the experts have been under remarkable pressure this year from the giant docket of cases and the strains of a shifting philosophical direction. Even the affable Chief Justice was heard last week groaning about the difficulties caused when "one of the brethren packs up and leaves town early and then tries to conduct his business back and forth across 4,000 miles or however far it is out there." He was referring to Justice Douglas, who left three weeks...

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