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Has the US Supreme Court taken a liberal turn? Don’t count on it

Recent landmark cases are being too eagerly hailed as progressive victories

By Sionaidh Douglas-Scott  

The US Supreme Court in Washington DC. Photo: CNP/SIPA USA/PA Images

President Trump may or may not be re-elected come November, but the US Supreme Court will continue, and—given its power to determine what the US Constitution ultimately means—remain crucially important. At present, the Supreme Court has four supposedly liberal members (appointed by democratic presidents) and five supposedly conservative—including Chief Justice John Roberts—and this usually, but not universally, affects case outcomes.

In recent months, however, despite its majority conservative make up, the court has delivered apparently progressive decisions in…

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