The Law: Just Leave It to the States

During the heady years of the Warren Court, civil rights lawyers kept beating a path to the doorways of federal courthouses, bypassing state courts whenever possible. "Civil rights lawyers became lazy," says University of Virginia Law Professor A.E. Dick Howard. "They knew their best chance was to federalize everything, to get to the U.S. Supreme Court as fast as they could." Says Oregon Associate Justice Hans A. Linde, disapprovingly: "A generation of Americans was brought up to believe that all law and all wisdom come from these nine men in a marble temple."...

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