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What the court got wrong
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WASHINGTON -- The genius of the Constitution is to establish zones in which the rights of the minority are protected against majority oppression: freedom of speech and religion, for example, or equal protection of the laws. The role of the Supreme Court is, to borrow Chief Justice John Roberts’ metaphor, to umpire the play within those zones, calling fouls on the majority when it oversteps. But there are occasions when the umpire’s call, no matter how well intentioned, is influenced -- distorted, even -- by pre-existing assumptions and biases.