Law: Going Thisaway and Thataway

A mature Burger Court is more umpire than ideological player

Since 1969, Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan have appointed six new U.S. Supreme Court Justices, starting with Warren Burger, in the open hope of reversing the liberalism of the Earl Warren era. So how conservative is the Burger Court? As the Justices last week completed one of their most vigorous terms in the past decade and a half, they seemed to have ruled the question irrelevant. Says Stanford Law Professor Gerald Gunther, after considering the term's work: "They are beyond left or right description...

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