The Vinson Court and the Idol of Restraint

Journal of Supreme Court History, December 2013

21 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2013

Date Written: March 25, 2013

Abstract

Few judicial characteristics garner greater praise than that of judicial self-restraint. Yet the most restrained court of the twentieth century, that of Chief Justice Frederick N. Vinson, is largely considered a failure. Using the Vinson Court as a historical case study, this article analyzes the nature and potential consequences of a restrained jurisprudence.

Keywords: Jurisprudence, Supreme Court

Suggested Citation

Shemtob, Zachary Baron, The Vinson Court and the Idol of Restraint (March 25, 2013). Journal of Supreme Court History, December 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2239299

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