South Carolina v. Katzenbach



There is an art to writing a Supreme Court opinion. Judicial opinions have a standard structure and purpose that dictate what goes into an opinion—and what gets left out. Opinions are written to achieve very specific goals. They have to lay out in detail the unique situation underlying the legal dispute; they have to set out the key legal and constitutional questions raised by the case and then provide answers to these questions; and, finally, they have to explain why the justices ruled as they did and make clear the scope and extent of their rulings. In a very real sense,...

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Chief justice Earl Warren (Library of Congress)

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