NYTimes Op-Ed Cites Geof Stone's Research into Ideology in SCOTUS Decisions
In contrast to the doubters, Geoffrey Stone, an expert in constitutional law at the University of Chicago, has done his own wide-ranging, if unusual, study of recent court decisions.
Last year, Stone asked fellow law professors to name the most significant constitutional decisions handed down by the Supreme Court between 2000 and 2013. From those suggestions, Stone created a master list of the 20 most important cases of that time period. These cases include rulings on the Violence Against Women Act; Bush v. Gore; parochial school vouchers; a challenge to a “three strikes” law; affirmative action in higher education; the prohibition of “same-sex sodomy”; the death penalty for minors; the display of the Ten Commandments in a county courthouse; a redevelopment plan affecting property rights; two cases involving Guantánamo detainees; partial birth abortion; integration in public schools; gun regulation; the Affordable Care Act; the federal Defense of Marriage Act; Crawford v. Marion County; Citizens United; and Shelby County v. Holder.
The full list can be found in Stone’s 2013 paper, “The Behavior of Supreme Court Justices When Their Behavior Counts the Most.”