Judicial Supremacy Re-examined: A Proposed Alternative

A citizen critic recently expressed to me his bitter opposition to the Warren Court’s decisions on school prayer and school desegregation. If this critic were elected governor of a state or placed in some other position of governmental authority, he would almost certainly use his power to block public school desegregation and to encourage prayer reading in the public schools. Conceding that our critic would be acting controversially in so using his power, would he be acting unconstitutionally? This is the question which this Article will attempt to answer. More generally, this Article will consider the extent to which a Supreme Court constitutional construction legally binds the rest of the nation.