A Capital Waste of Time? Examining the Supreme Court's 'Culture of Death'

  title={A Capital Waste of Time? Examining the Supreme Court's 'Culture of Death'},
  author={Douglas A. Berman},
In a lecture at the University of Chicago, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer highlighted that he has two jobs: the first job, he explained, is deciding what to decide, and the second job is then to decide what the Court has decided to decided. Many devote careers to analyzing and criticizing exactly how Supreme Court Justices perform their second job of deciding the cases the Court has decided to decide; far less attention has been devoted to analyzing and criticizing exactly… 


The Shrunken Docket of the Rehnquist Court
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