Arlen Specter: The U.S. Supreme Court "has been eating Congress' lunch by invalidating legislation with judicial activism."
Arlen Specter: The U.S. Supreme Court “has been eating Congress’ lunch by invalidating legislation with judicial activism.”
• Congress passed 15,817 laws from 1954 to 2002. The Supreme Court struck down 103—or just two-thirds of one percent.
• State legislatures passed 1,006,649 laws during the same period. The Court struck down 452—or less than one-twentieth of one percent.
• The federal government adopted 21,462 regulations from 1986 to 2006. The Court struck down 121—or about a half of a percent.
• In any given year, the Court strikes down just three out of every 5,000 laws passed by Congress and state legislatures.