Joseph P. Nadeau
Dissents undermine the highest court
A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that only 52 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the US Supreme Court, the lowest rating since the center began conducting that poll in 1987. The reason for this decline in respect could be the ever-increasing number of 5-to-4 decisions and bitter dissenting opinions. These dissents undermine court decisions, diminish the court’s moral standing, and contribute to cynicism about the court and the judicial system itself.