A judge’s warning about the legitimacy of the Supreme Court

New York Times: “Justice Breyer describes the court in its early years, when it decided few cases and the ones it decided were trivial. From that lowly state, the court has earned considerable authority, but it has also forfeited legitimacy with bad decisions, some so bad they were ‘ignored or disobeyed’ . . . The court’s ‘infirmity’ shows that its legitimacy in the public’s eyes ‘cannot be taken for granted,’ he writes. His pragmatic means are intended ‘to help maintain the public’s trust in the Court, the public’s confidence in the Constitution, and the public’s commitment to the rule of law.’”