A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 20, 1979

"We may well be on our way to a society overrun by hordes of lawyers, hungry as locusts, and brigades of judges in numbers never before contemplated." —Chief Justice Warren E. Burger

Last year TIME cited the Chief Justice's grim prediction in a cover story about "Those #@!!! Lawyers." The cover this week examines the second object of Burger's concern, His Honor's increasingly powerful colleagues on the bench. To assess the rapid expansion of judicial authority in the U.S. and the delays, anachronisms and inefficiencies that plague the nation's courts, TIME correspondents...

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