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Roberts: Fewer Laws Mean Fewer Cases

Posted May 4, 2007 1:33 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. says the Supreme Court is hearing fewer cases partly because Congress is passing fewer significant laws.

Roberts offered three reasons for the decline yesterday in a speech to Alaska Bar Association's annual convention, according to the Associated Press.

Other reasons he noted: Lower courts are more uniform in their interpretation of statutes and are able to find precedent easier because it is now online.

Some court watchers think Roberts has encouraged the court to grant more cert petitions, according to the ABA Journal eReport.

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