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To Overturn Precedent, One Justice Is Not Enough – March 19, 2019

The Supreme Court gives special deference to its prior decisions under a legal doctrine known in Latin as stare decisis: let the decision stand. The rule to follow precedent is important, but as Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist once wrote in a precedent-overruling decision, stare decisis "is not an inexorable command." In this Court Report, court expert Kenneth Jost discusses the frequency with which Justice Clarence Thomas challenges precedents and strives for constitutional originalism.