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Dread Pirate Roberts?

by Patrick James

June 30, 2007


It's been a busy week in the world of the Supreme Court. Not only did justices end the 96-year-old ban on minimum prices, but they also ruled against integration plans in Seattle, Washington, and Louisville, Kentucky. The rulings—both of which were 5-4 decisions—are very much in line with the other major rulings of this court's first term, which culminates this week. As The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin points out, this series of 5-4 conservative decisions (in addition to the ruling about greenhouse gases being pollutants under the Clean Air Act, also 5-4) will be the legacy this court leaves behind. It's one that will be punctuated by Roberts's resonant yell to the president who appointed him: "As you wish!"

If you'd like more on the significance of the integration ruling, check out Slate's take on how Brown v. Board of Education changed the South forever.
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Dread Pirate Roberts?