Schiavo Case Demonstrates Tensions Between Courts, Congress

The sparring in the Terri Schiavo case illustrates a relationship between Congress and the federal courts that has always been contentious. But to many court-watchers, the discourse has reached a new level of hostility. With increasing frequency, Congress is trying to curb the judiciary's power; with equal vigor, the courts are fighting back. As the Schiavo case escalated in the wake of clashes over the Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance and same-sex marriage, some saw a judiciary under siege.

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