When the Supreme Court takes on a politically heated case, as it recently did with two cases involving gay marriage, the justices are more likely to listen to their heads over their hearts.
So say Tim O’Brien and Martin Clancy, veteran journalists and authors of the new book “Murder at the Supreme Court.”
“The justices often vote the law as opposed to their own feelings,” former ABC News producer Martin Clancy tells Top Line.“I mean time and time again, we've discovered in notes of Supreme Court conferences where justices are really conflicted.”
Clancy and O’Brien’s book looks specifically at how the Supreme Court has wrangled with the death penalty historically, but the book also sheds light into how the justices avoid getting personal opinions involved in their rulings.
“Sometimes justices will vote to uphold capital punishment even though they personally oppose it,” says retired ABC News Law Correspondent Tim O’Brien. “No justice now thinks it's unconstitutional, per se,Read More »from Head v. Heart: How Supreme Court justices wrestle with tough decisions