The Law: Justice in Arrears

The Supreme Court, like many lower courts in the land, is mortifyingly behind in its work. Only once has the court found it necessary to delay beyond the end of June adjudication of a case argued during its regular nine-month term. That came two years ago in the Detroit cross-district school segregation controversy, a case of extraordinary complexity. Moreover, the Justices were then on the threshold of one of the most important cases in Supreme Court history, the U.S. vs. Richard Nixon. But even with eleven decisions announced last week, the court still has not rendered judgments in 72 of the...