This week, the Colloquy published two pieces as it begins a series of responses to an article forthcoming in the print Northwestern Law Review by Profs. Lee Epstein, Andrew D. Martin, Kevin M. Quinn, and Jeffrey A. Segal. In it, Epstein et al. perform an empirical analysis of Supreme Court Justices' voting patterns and find that almost all Justices exhibit some degree of shifting ideological preferences during their time on the Court.
Colloquy posts the introduction to the full piece by Epstein et al (see here), and follows with a reflective piece by Linda Greenhouse, the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times and author of Becoming Justice Blackmun (see here). In her piece, Ms. Greenhouse draws on her time covering the Court and her study of Justice Blackmun, the exemplar of shifting Justice ideology, to provide anecdotal support for the conclusions of Epstein et al.