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October 7, 1991 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Supreme Court opens its fall term today, it will face the usual array of disputes on controversial issues such as school desegregation, graduation prayers and abortion. But while the cases may sound familiar, the high court that hears them will be decidedly different. For the first time in more than 50 years, the justices will enter the courtroom without a single genuine liberal on the bench.
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October 7, 1991 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Supreme Court opens its fall term today, it will face the usual array of disputes on controversial issues such as school desegregation, graduation prayers and abortion. But while the cases may sound familiar, the high court that hears them will be decidedly different. For the first time in more than 50 years, the justices will enter the courtroom without a single genuine liberal on the bench.
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May 24, 2009 | Jim Newton, Jim Newton is editor of The Times' editorial pages and the author of "Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made."
Is empathy a desirable quality in a Supreme Court justice? President Obama has said he's searching for it in his nominee to replace retiring Justice David H. Souter, but as a qualification for a jurist, it gives conservatives the willies and can produce mixed results in our legal system. We expect judges to resist empathy and instead impose the law evenhandedly.
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