The Most Senile Justice?

Supreme Court Micro-Symposium, Forthcoming

4 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2007 Last revised: 2 Aug 2015

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F. E. Guerra-Pujol

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico; University of Central Florida

Date Written: August 1, 2015


Building on the work of historian David Garrow, this paper attempts to measure the true extent of the problem of judicial decrepitude among the members of the U.S. Supreme Court since the high court's inception in 1789. After presenting the relevant data, the author concludes (contra Garrow and others) that the incidence of judicial decrepitude is relatively infrequent and rare.

Keywords: judicial decreptitude, U.S. Supreme Court

JEL Classification: J26, K49

Suggested Citation

Guerra-Pujol, F. E., The Most Senile Justice? (August 1, 2015). Supreme Court Micro-Symposium, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

F. E. Guerra-Pujol (Contact Author)

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico ( email )

University of Central Florida ( email )

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