News Center

Elsewhere Online twitter Facebook SLS Blogs YouTube SLS Channel Linked In SLSNavigator SLS on Flickr

A Fractious, And Fractured, Term

Publication Date: 
July 01, 2013
The National Law Journal
Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle

Professor Jeffrey Fisher spoke with the National Law Journal's Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle about the Supreme Court's 2012-13 Term and how the division of the Court's justices led to a "mixed bag" of rulings. 

It was a U.S. Supreme Court term for the history books, with a final week that will be remembered for its powerful — and to some, contradictory — rulings on equality.

During the term that began last October, the court made headlines with decisions on issues ranging from gene patenting to drug-sniffing dogs. But it was the final week that updated the story line of the Roberts Court — a divided group of justices that takes on society's biggest issues without hesitation, even if the resulting opinions are sometimes fractious and fractured.


"You have a conservative court with two justices — Antonin Scalia and Clar­ence Thomas — with libertarian streaks who feel the power of the state can cut both ways," Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher said. "That's why you get a mixed bag in the criminal area."