Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation letter in July launched a historic period of change for the Court, a roller coaster ride that has not yet stopped. As the year ends with O'Connor still on the bench, she's in the odd position of having her legacy praised and pilloried in the past tense as if she were already gone. And just as she has been at the center of the Court's jurisprudence for 24 years, she remains at the fulcrum of the debate over the shape the Court should take in the future.
The Tug of War Over O'Connor
December 27, 2005