Supreme Court (?) sloppiness
TUSHNET at WPGATE.LAW3.GEORGETOWN.EDU
Wed Mar 31 14:19:06 PST 1999
In reading the Law Week report of last week's South Central Bell Telephone Co. v. Alabama, I found the following in Justice Breyer's opinion for the Court: "In *Richards,* we considered an Alabama Supreme Court holding that state-law principles of res judicata prevented certain taxpayers from bringing a case [and here's the interesting part] (which I will call Case Two) to challenge on federal constitutional grounds . . . ." Is this the residue of a bench memo, a prior dissent from a cert. denial that persuaded others to grant cert., or simply Law Week's mistaken transcription? If it's something like one of the first two possibilities, I wonder about the proposition that the Court's reduction in caseload has enabled the justices to be more careful and painstaking in what they do.
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