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Changing the Guard

Tinsley E. Yarbrough

in Harry A. Blackmun

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195141238
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851577 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141238.003.0009
Changing the Guard

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Initially, Justice Blackmun considered William Rehnquist's appointment in serving the Supreme Court through its center seat a huge improvement compared with that of his predecessor, at least for the first few terms of this tenure. Although Blackmun and Rehnquist rarely agreed on certain important issues, Blackmun recognized that Rehnquist was able to handle the conference and manage the Supreme Court better than former Chief Justice Burger did. However, during the changing regimes of both Reagan and Bush, the Court was somehow taken advantage of, since higher officials were able to put those in favor of their beliefs in power through giving them seats in the Supreme Court, and thus they were able to shape the Court in the way they wished. Edward Lazarus was able to create an insider account entitled Closed Chambers about how such a scheme was being pushed through among the justices and their clerks within the Blackmun chambers.

Keywords: William Rehnquist; Supreme Court; Reagan; Bush; Edward Lazarus; Closed Chambers

Chapter.  12311 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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