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The Supreme Court: More Than Just Abortion and Affirmative Action!

I mentioned earlier that for all the attention that's likely to accrue to issues like affirmative action and abortion, those questions don't absorb the bulk of the Court's time. A nice visual illustration of this can be seen at On The Docket's topic cloud of Supreme Court cases.

"Abortion" underlies in two cases. "Affirmative action" accounts for three. "Comprehensive environmental response" was behind four cases. So too with HMOs. Eleven cases dealt with the American With Disabilities Act. And "bankruptcy" was the subject of 15 cases before the Supreme Court. It's hard to say precisely how scientific this sorting effort is. But the basic point is indisputable: The Supreme Court does not primarily deal with the issues that dominate Supreme Court nomination battles.

By Ezra Klein  |  May 26, 2009; 3:02 PM ET
Categories:  Legal  
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"The Supreme Court does not primarily deal with the issues that dominate Supreme Court nomination battles."

The reason why they dominate is not because they're numerically superior, but because their impact is superior, at least in the popular psyche.
By the way, is it me, or is there an echo in here? I blame the "sign-in" factor - Ezra, can you find a way to waive that for your comments?

Posted by: abeeku007 | May 26, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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