Time.com, on the Supreme Court.
Monday, October 02, 2006 :::
1 Unanimity Is John Roberts' Goal Certainly a narrower ruling is better than a sweeping one.
... When the court can choose either a narrow but unanimous ruling or a sweeping, landmark decision by a 5-4 vote, [Roberts] said, "I think it's better to decide on the former ground, and let it go at that."
Watch for Kennedy's leanings [on abortion] in November, when the court hears arguments on the constitutionality of the 2003 federal ban on dilation-and-extraction (a.k.a. partial-birth) abortions. In 2000, when the court struck down a similar ban enacted by Nebraska, Kennedy voted with the minority. This time the question is whether he'll be swayed more by his aversion to abortion or his respect for precedent.Stenberg v. Carhart was over a state law. Argue federalism, and I bet you can get Thomas to vote to overturn.
::: posted by dWj at 11:54 PM