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The Supreme Court's Lurch To The Right (CHARTS)


By contrast, justices appointed by Democratic presidents have grown less liberal, with President Obama's two picks shifting the court further to the right, according to Martin and Quinn.

Five of the 10 most conservative justices since 1937 serve today, according to a separate 2008 study by judge Richard Posner and law professor William Landes.

The charts below reflect the remarkable shift, using Martin and Quinn data (h/t Mother Jones).

Notably, while Republican-appointed Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and David Souter became more liberal over time, Democratic-appointed justices have become more conservative during the Roberts Court.

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