Three Justices Trusted With Most Controversial Opinions

Law360, New York (June 29, 2015, 8:58 PM EDT) -- In the divisive U.S. Supreme Court term that just ended, three justices stood out for rendering close opinions that drew the most dissents, showing their ability to build coalitions around controversial legal ideas and keep them intact despite fundamental opposition.

From gay marriage to campaign finance, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg were entrusted to render majority opinions on controversial topics that sparked multiple dissenting views from the minority of the bench.

Justice Kennedy by far was the author of the court's most divided decisions. In six opinions for the majority of the court...

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