Extrajudicial Reticence: Nine Justices Take a Brief Break from Constitutional Commentary
Green Bag 2d, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 99-114, Autumn 2013
17 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2014 Last revised: 19 Mar 2014
Date Written: March 3, 2014
For a long time, Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court felt free to express their views about the Constitution not only in their judicial opinions, but also in their off-the-bench writing. There came a time, however, when they seemingly did not feel so free – just briefly, in 1991. And then things returned to normal. This article sketches the background and context of that stop-and-start, and then speculates about how and why it happened.
Keywords: Life Magazine, William Rehnquist, Byron White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry Blackmun, John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, coordination, lobbying, boycotting, marketing
JEL Classification: K40
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