Reagan's Influence on US Court System Lingers

Appeals courts, where the real action is, continue to weaken federal authority
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 5:36 PM CDT
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – Ronald Reagan’s influence on American courts remains unprecedented, and his transformation of the nomination process is only part of the story. With sheer numbers and ideological consistency, Reagan created a legacy that will influence American justice well into the 21st century, and perhaps beyond, USA Today reports.

The Reagan judges’ “influence now is born of 20 years of intellectual, analytical work," said an administration official. "I can't imagine that there is a historic parallel for an effort like this playing out as well.”