The Supreme Court has overturned precedent dozens of times in the past 60 years, including when it struck down legal segregation

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How much importance does the Supreme Court place on prior decisions?Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images David Schultz, Hamline University It is a central principle of law: Courts are supposed to follow earlier decisions – precedent – to resolve current disputes. But it’s inevitable that sometimes, the precedent has to go, and a court has to overrule another court, or even its own decision from an earlier case. In its upcoming term, the U.S. Supreme Court faces the question of whether to overrule itself on abortion rights. Recent laws in Texas and Mississippi restrict the right of women to terminate pre…

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