THE SUPREME COURT
LARRY D. KRAMER *
From the character of the Supreme Court, I am sure the compromise in this particular, will be acquiesced in by the country.... The members of the Supreme Court are not politicians. They are born in a different atmosphere, and address themselves to different hearers.
Senator Reverdy Johnson, supporting a bill
to bring the question of slavery in the territories
before the U.S. Supreme Court, July 25, 1848
As both the nation's highest judicial body and also the one most removed from partisanship, the court can render a verdict that