Exit From The Right

Conservatives lose a big vote on the court as Justice Byron White retires

LONG BEFORE TODAY'S POWERFUL PHALANX OF REpublican-nominated Justices began to dominate the U.S. Supreme Court and push it sharply to the right, Justice Byron White voted to nudge it in that general direction. Last Friday, after 31 years on the high bench, the moderate-to-conservative Kennedy appointee -- a legal ace, Rhodes scholar and former star football player -- announced that he would step down at the end of the court's current term this summer.

The departure will have a major impact. For the first time in a quarter- century, Democrats will have a chance to put their man or woman on...

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