The 1984 election may chart the future course of American justice
In the white temple it is always quiet. No lobbyists or reporters hover about the paneled chambers; tall bronze gates seal off the cool marble passageways from the public. The black-robed Justices emerge onto the high bench only to hear the arguments of deferential lawyers, and then vanish again behind a thick velvet curtain. They deliberate in secret, insulated and remote from the hurly-burly of American politics.
In principle, the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court do not write laws, they merely apply them. They...