Author: Joel Cohen, Opinion Contributor

When judges sometimes change their spots

The iconic Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren was a grievous disappointment to his appointing president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who famously called his selection “the biggest damned fool mistake I ever made.”  But Warren didn’t change his philosophy in how he chose to judge during a judicial career. In fact, he had never been a…

Opioids and the Supreme Court’s understated opinions

It is rare indeed, especially in these politically polarized times, for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide a case unanimously — especially when overturning a seemingly important criminal conviction. It’s even more surprising when the conviction in question relates to opioids, given the profoundly negative profile they own in America. Yet this is what occurred…