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The Burger Court (1969–86)

Introduction

What was unique about changes on the Burger Court?

The Burger Court is the only collection of justices in Supreme Court history (not including the new-in-2005 Roberts Court) in which changes on the bench resulted only from the retirement of a justice. Every other Court from the Marshall Court to the Rehnquist Court had justices who died while still serving on the bench.



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