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Dissents: Who, when, why and how

Chief Justice William Howard Taft, shown here in 1930, so abhorred dissents that he counseled President Warren Harding against nominating judges who had displayed a predisposition to dissent. (AP file photo)

Dissents and concurrences can provide fascinating perspectives into the judge who decided to write separately, the circumstances of the case, and the manner and direction in which the law might eventually evolve.

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