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U.S. Supreme Court Good, Bad, and Ugly
These are some links to U.S. Supreme Court decisions to help me find them for reference. They are grouped into good, bad, and ugly (which I use to mean worse than bad). However, this is by no means a complete list of good, bad, and ugly decisions. I also added an interesting category for decisions without a value judgement.
I prefer to judge the court’s actions differently from
most of the political class in the U.S. For most, a decision is
good if it favors the political result they want to see, and bad
if it opposes it. A different standard is whether the decision
is based in a consistent, useful reading of the Constitution.
Thus I might judge a case good even if I disagree with what
results from that decision (e.g. as in my 2004 essay
Ends Choosing Principle?).
In such cases, we should look to the legislature to fix the
wrong, not the courts. Of course, the Constitution is highly
ambiguous and contradictory.
In an editorial on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,
Of course, who can say that they are impervious to