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NCJ Number: 136324 Find in a Library
Title: Supreme Court Impact Decisions: 1987-88 Term
Author(s): C E Moyland Jr
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: Cmssn of Enquiry Into the Admin of Justice on Criminal and Penal Matters in Quebec
Quebec, Canada
Sale Source: Cmssn of Enquiry Into the Admin of Justice on Criminal and Penal Matters in Quebec
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Charles E. Moylan, Jr, Associate Judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, reviews 17 Supreme Court criminal impact decisions for the 1987-88 term.
Abstract: Judge Moylan attributes the low number of cases to the retirement of Justice Powell and the confirmation problems with Judge Bork and Judge Ginsburg. Justice Kennedy's confirmation commenced the final week in February and that also accounted for less production. Personnel developments are also demonstrated by less polarization among the justices with Justice Rehnquist writing the majority opinion upholding first amendment freedoms, and Justices Blackmun and Stevens indicating some conservative positions. Ironically, Justice Kennedy is perceived to be more conservative than Bork who experienced a very tough battle for confirmation because of his conservative political philosophy. Cases are distinguished according to amendment applicability. Judge Moylan summarizes each case and describes their future impact.
Main Term(s): US Supreme Court decisions
Index Term(s): Judicial attitudes; Judicial impact statements
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