Law: Once More, with Feeling

Chief Justice Warren Burger began his speech with an analogy to "the early pioneer who, looking out the window of his log cabin, saw a pack of wolves." The pioneer, said Burger, could cry "Wolf!" without apology, and so too, argued the Chief, can the overburdened U.S. Supreme Court. During the past 30 years, the number of cases on the high court's annual docket has nearly quadrupled, from 1,463 to 5,311, by Burger's count, and the total of signed court opinions has jumped from 65 to 141. Warned Burger: "It is perhaps the most...

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