The Grants That Got Away
on Jul 14, 2008 at 1:00 pm
In the recently concluded Supreme Court term, the Justices heard oral argument in 70 cases, the fewest in more than half a century. On this blog and elsewhere, journalists and commentators have floated numerous explanations for the Courtâ€™s steadily declining docket, from clerksâ€™ reluctance to recommend grants, to fewer cases meeting the Justiceâ€™s criteria, to even the rise of a more specialized Supreme Court bar. Chief Justice Roberts has also tied the decrease to less activity in Congress and the lower courts.