The Magazine

An Act of Courage

Under Rehnquist's leadership, the Court did the right thing

Dec 25, 2000, Vol. 6, No. 15 • By NELSON LUND
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

The blame rests squarely on Florida's supreme court, which violated the Constitution, and on the High Court dissenters, who would have let the Florida judges get away with it. "Impartial guardians of the rule of law" are willing to enforce the law even when they know they will be excoriated for doing so. Which is why the majority decision in Bush v. Gore deserves a spirited defense.

Nelson Lund is professor of law at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.