Justice Brennan Racial Fairness

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Although Justice Brennan’s time on the Supreme Court came to an end in 1990 due to old age and ill health, his influence continues to be felt today, both in the courtroom and outside of it. Indeed, the length of the jurist’s service to the American people effective guaranteed that this would be the case. Despite this obituary primarily focussing on his decisive opinions concerning racial fairness, Brennan was a vocal and persuasive member of the court in many other instances. For example, in Baker v. Carr (1962), he convinced his peers to uphold the doctrine of “one man, one vote” by mandating redistricting on the basis of population rather than geographic area. Additionally, in his plurality opinion for Frontiero v. Richardson (1973), Brennan

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