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Elena Kagan (left) listens to John Roberts talk
Justice Elena Kagan’s comments on judicial legitimacy strike a different tone from those made recently by Chief Justice John Roberts. This Oct. 1, 2010, file photo shows Kagan, then the Supreme Court’s newest justice, with Roberts during a photo opportunity after her formal investiture ceremony. (AP file photo)

Kagan cautions Supreme Court can forfeit legitimacy

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan on Monday cautioned that courts look political and forfeit legitimacy when they needlessly overturn precedent and decide more than they have to.

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