The Rehnquist Revolution

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photoThe never-ending nine. They've been appointed for life and blessed with longevity. And not since 1823 has the Supreme Court sat for so long, without a single new appointment.

It's been nine years of 5 to 4 votes, fewer decisions annually, and surprise rulings. Abortion rights have prevailed; clergy-led prayer at public school graduations has not. And since 1986, Chief Justice Rehnquist has lead the charge.

Tonight On Point: Reflecting on the Rehnquist Revolution.


Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and Supreme Court correspondent,

Martin Belsky, dean and professor of law, the University of Tulsa College of Law

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor, The Atlantic Monthly

This program aired on October 9, 2002.


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