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July 2005


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 42:2 (2005), pp. 14-26. Copyright © 2005 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


As I noted in reviewing the past term’s criminal decisions, what turned out to be the final year for the Rehnquist Court produced no blockbuster rulings. Nonetheless, there were several civil decisions of note. The Court’s 5-4 ruling upholding the taking of private property for economic development purposes and two First Amendment cases involving public display of the Ten Commandments in a courthouse and in a school were among those receiving the most public attention.

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