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December 4, 2006

Slow-poke SCOTUS: a sign of division?

I noted this morning that, by this date during SCOTUS October Term 2005, the Supreme Court had already issued 10 opinions.  (The list of OT '05 opinions is here, showing six per curiams and four signed opinions by the end of Novermber.)  But now, more than two months into October Term 2006, the Court has given us only two opinions.  (The list of OT '06 opinions is here, showing one per curiam and one signed opinion.)

Since the Court is usually able to get unanimous opinions out quickly, I am taking the Court's slow-poke ways as a sign that there is little consensus at the start of the new Term.  I guess this would not be a surprise in light of the criminal law start to OT '06, but it is still notable that the Roberts honeymoon seems to be over.

December 4, 2006 at 03:32 PM | Permalink


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