The case of Bowles v. Russell did not generate headlines at any point in its journey to the Supreme Court. And when it was decided by the high court by a 5-4 vote Thursday, no justice spoke in angry dissent. The ruling turned on "a doctrinal thing that only lawyer geeks and the Supreme Court care about," says attorney Kevin Russell, who authored a brief in the case. But the low-profile case offers as good a glimpse as any into the Court's sharp conservative-liberal divide emerging this term.
Low-Profile Supreme Court Case Offers Glimpse of Sharp Divide
June 15, 2007