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Final Word On U.S. Law Isn't: Supreme Court Keeps Editing

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02:  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Oct
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) October 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. The American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society held a book discussion with Justice Scalia, who co-authored the book 'Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has been quietly revising its decisions years after they were issued, altering the law of the land without public notice. The revisions include “truly substantive changes in factual statements and legal reasoning,” said Richard J. Lazarus, a law professor at Harvard and the author of a new study examining the phenomenon.

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