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The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic

University of Texas law professor Vladeck debuts with an expert study of how the Supreme Court’s conservative majority has increasingly used “obscure procedural orders to shift American jurisprudence definitively to the right.” Unlike the “merits docket,” where justices issue lengthy, signed opinions months after hearing oral arguments, rulings handed down on the “shadow docket” are unsigned, unexplained, and often released in the middle of the night. Read more

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