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A First Amendment expert on why the U.S. Supreme Court has become more political

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recently-completed term featured controversial decisions on abortion and gun control, and those rulings increased calls for reforming the high court. Some are demanding term limits, while others want to see additional members added to the nine-justice panel.

Joseph Russomanno, journalism professor at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School, is a specialist in the First Amendment, and that led to his interest in learning more about the Supreme Court. He’s currently working on a book about the court, "The Stench of Politics: Polarization and Worldview on the Supreme Court."

The Show spoke with him about how much more political the court has become.

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