In a U.S. Supreme Court term enlivened by terrorism-related rulings, the Pledge case and a recusal controversy, pragmatism repeatedly triumphed over principles. The justices forcefully asserted their primacy -- taking up issues across constitutional and national boundaries -- but then pulled back and left it to others to fight another day. Here's a review of some of the major trends, an up-close look at select cases and players, and a peek at the upcoming term.
Supremes Tackle Some Issues, Punt Others
July 6, 2004