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Keck Comments on the Crisis Within the Supreme Court in Politico

May 11, 2022

Politico,The San Francisco Chronicle

Thomas M. Keck

Thomas M. Keck

The Supreme Court is set to meet Thursday for the first time since the disclosure that it voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. With an internal leak investigation under way and an agitated nation focused on whether the constitutional right to abortion is about to be overturned, the justices face one of the greatest crises in modern Supreme Court history.

And the gaping divide on an issue at the forefront of the conservative legal movement for decades threatens to make Chief Justice Roberts a less impactful manager of the judicial branch’s conduct, legitimacy and legacy, say many Supreme Court experts. “There are certainly signs that this is not really Roberts’ court,” says Thomas Keck, professor of political science and Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics. Read more in the Politico article, "Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe is still the only one circulated inside Supreme Court."

Keck was also quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle article, "If Roe is overturned, it might mark the first time the Supreme Court declared an individual right, then took it back." 

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