Saturday, November 22, 2003

Watching Chief Justice Rehnquist on C-Span 2. He just referrenced David Currie for his work (50 U Chi L Rev 466 (1983)) on the least-distinguished Supreme Court justice, Gabriel Duval.

Here's a quote from Currie's article:

Appointed in 1811, Duvall endured until 1835. In constitutional cases he was recorded as having delivered one opinion in twenty-five years, and it can be quoted in full: "DUVALL, Justice, dissented." The occasion was the Dartmouth College case, in which three of his colleagues had written opinions totaling ninety pages to explain that the state had impaired the college's charter; Duvall managed to dispute them all in just three words.

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