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Major Supreme Court decisions did not restructure power relationships or provide any legal protections. They only served to legitimate an unfair system and actually caused a backlash at the state level that undermined rights

Paul Butler, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 2013, Yale College, B.A.; Harvard Law School, J.D., Poor People Lose: Gideon and the Critique of Rights,

the most famous Supreme Court decisions: Brown v. Board of Education and Miranda v. Arizona. Seidman argues that, contrary to conventional understanding, “the decisions did not mandate a vast restructuring of power relationships. Rather, the decisions have served to justify and legitimate arrangements that would otherwise be severely threatened by constitutional rhetoric.”112 He believes that both decisions “served to stabilize and legitimate the status quo by creating the illusion of closure and cohesion.”113 For Miranda, specifically, Seidman posits that there is “a good deal of evidence that Miranda, like Brown, traded the promise of substantial reform implicit in prior doctrine for a political symbol.”114 He acknowledges “some truth”115 to the claim that the decision, which requir

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