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Alabama Supreme Court Justice Harold See: His Twelve-Year Legacy

A Special Issue Report
By E. Berton Spence
October 14, 2008
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Harold See’s decision not to seek a third term means that a staunch proponent of the philosophy of judicial restraint will be gone after January 2009. Whether interpreting statutes, constitutions, private contracts, common law, or the Alabama Supreme Court’s own rules, Justice See’s opinions show a pattern of applying preexisting rules when interpreting cases. This is the case even when the result is to markedly decrease the power of the court. The growth in judicial restraint on the Alabama Supreme Court has been identified by some as having reduced the incidence of novel and unexpected approaches to tort liability, which prompted a few multinational companies, such as Mercedes, Hyundai, Honda, and ThyssenKrupp, to establish a presence in the state.