How the Supreme Court failed

In the 1850s, the United States was roiled over the issue of slavery.  Many looked to the courts for resolution of the issue.  The Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision "settled" the issue by stating that, since slavery was permitted under the U.S. Constitution, slaves had no inherent civil rights that anyone was bound to respect.  The plaintiff in the case, the slave Dred Scott, could therefore not obtain his freedom.  Was the slavery issue settled?  Of course not, as the Civil War, four years into the future, so amply proved. Going forward to 1973, the Supreme Court, by a 7-2 margin, issued the momentous Roe v. Wade decision.  Abortion is now deemed legal throughout the nation, restrictions already placed upon the procedure by various states notwithstanding.  Any turmoil that surrounded this issue prior to 1973 was dwarfed by the political and social contentions that...(Read Full Post)
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