Question About Justice Stone

David Bernstein DavidEBernstein at
Wed Oct 21 16:08:56 PDT 2009

As we all know, upon appointment to the USSC, Justice Stone quickly joined
Holmes and Brandeis on the "left" of the Court.  By contrast, all four
Harding appointments wound up on the "right."  Were Stone's jurisprudential
views known to Coolidge and others?  Was he the Justice Souter of 1925?  Was
this just an example of appointing an establishment, well-respected figure
to the Court whose views turned out to be more "liberal" than anyone
anticipated at the time?

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