The Law: Chief Justice in Mufti

The Chief Justice of the U.S. seemed to be breaking with some established judicial customs last week. In response to reporters' questions in St. Paul, Warren Burger said he currently saw "no change" in search-and-seizure regulations or the so-called Miranda confession protections for those arrested; such observations were unusual because decisions in both areas are now pending before the Supreme Court. Responding to complaints that the court has been cutting down on the kinds of suits that can be filed, the Chief Justice cited recently expanded prisoners' rights and the general increase in...

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