What is a boat? This will be an actual, serious question tomorrow, the first Monday in October, the day the Supreme Court traditionally starts its new term. With Supreme Court cases, we tend to think of the earthquakes — Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda, Roe v. Wade — but, in truth, very few bob up from judicial obscurity. The press finds most cases dull. There’s no fresh meat controversy; in fact, up to half of all decisions are unanimous, and most avoid the fractious 5-4 split we assume is set in stone.
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