Winner asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

In the University of Regents of California v Bakke case, wre there any justics who agred withmajority decison?

AlsoList them breifly and summarize their reasoning. Also, who gae the dissenting opinion for the case itself?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Let me start with a very, very basic idea. The United States Supreme Court is made up of nine justices. To have a majority, five justices must join an opinion. (One justice writes it, the others join.) So to answer your question as you stated it: of course there were justices who agreed with the majority opinion.

    The majority opinion was by Justice Lewis Powell. In the critical parts of the opinion, Justices William Brennan, Byron White, Thurgood Marshall, and Harry Blackmun joined. The "joiners" did not endorse all of the opinion. Parts f the opinion were joined only by White.

    Justices Brennan, White, Marshall and Blackmun all signed a joint opinion, which agreed with part of the majority opinion, but disagreed with other parts.

    Justice White wrote a separate opinion, agreeing in part, dissenting in part.

    Justice Marshall wrote a separate opinion, agreeing in part, dissenting in part.

    Justice Blackmun wrote a separate opinion, agreeing in part, dissenting in part.

    Justices John Paul Stevens wrote a separate opinion, which concurred in the result in part, but disagreed with the reasoning and dissented from other parts. Justices Potter Stewart and William Rehmquist, and Chief Justice Warren Burger joined in this opinion.

    As for summarizing the reasoning, people have tried to do that and failed.

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