Legal Footnote: You Have to Look Hard to See the Supreme Court Correct Its Mistakes

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When the justices err, care is taken not to call attention to the mishaps. Some think that’s its own mistake. Rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court often come with great anticipation and attention, even true drama. Anxious crowds gather outside the court at dawn. Opinions first go out on paper to the waiting hands of television news interns, who sprint the documents to correspondents to be immediately deciphered on the air. Justices later announce their decisions in open court, and occasionally read aloud the opinions.But when the court fixes mistakes in its opinions, it does so very quietly. No press releases. No public reading of corrections. For most of the court’s history, the justices have only signaled their fixes and...

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Legal Footnote: You Have to Look Hard to See the Supreme Court Correct Its Mistakes

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