Essay: Trying to Trim the U.S. Courts

"The Supreme Court," says James Bryce in The American Commonwealth, "feels the touch of public opinion." That is for sure, and there is a further truth: public opinion, or incensed parts of it, sometimes tries to reach the federal judiciary with a bit more than a touch—with a brisk left hook, say, or a fast right cross. One of those times is at hand: congressional leaders of the New Right are avidly mounting a serious assault on the power, authority and prestige of the federal courts.

Fully 20 bills now pending in Congress are...

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