„The Supreme Court is an institution far more dominated by centrifugal forces, pushing toward individuality and independence, than it is by centripetal forces pulling for hierarchical ordering and institutional unity.“

—  William Rehnquist, Address at the University of Minnesota Law School; quoted in The New York Times (20 October 1984).
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