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'Duel' Diligence: Second Thoughts About the Supremes as Sultans of Swing

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Paul H. Edelman

Vanderbilt University - Law School

James Ming Chen

Michigan State University - College of Law

Date Written: 1996

Abstract

We respond to Professor Lynn A. Baker's criticisms of our article, The Most Dangerous Justice: The Supreme Court at the Bar of Mathematics. Professor Baker fundamentally misunderstands our measure of Supreme Court voting power. Moreover, she erroneously presumes that the "median Justice" wields the bulk of the Court's power. Even if there were a median Justice, it is far from clear whether he would be the Most Dangerous Justice. We conclude with a clarification of the median voter theorem and its implications for the distribution of voting power within the Supreme Court.

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Edelman, Paul H. and Chen, James Ming, 'Duel' Diligence: Second Thoughts About the Supremes as Sultans of Swing (1996). Southern California Law Review, Vol. 70, pp. 219-238, 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2255104

Paul H. Edelman

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James Ming Chen (Contact Author)

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