Adam Liptak’s must-read end of term wrap up begins:
- Last June, the Supreme Court term ended with restraint and a cliffhanger, as the court left the Voting Rights Act intact and ordered re-argument in Citizens United, the big campaign finance case.
A year later, the profile of the court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is fundamentally changed. Judicial minimalism is gone, and the court has entered an assertive and volatile phase.
The article also quotes former SG Paul Clement on the “outcry” over Citizens United, which Adam calls “the most controversial decision since the Rehnquist court handed the presidency to Mr. Bush a decade ago in Bush v. Gore.” Says Clement: “I don’t think it made the least bit of difference to the five justices in the majority.”