The Road Back from "Tort Hell": The Alabama Supreme Court, 1994-2004

By Michael DeBow
October 15, 2004

It would be difficult to find a state supreme court that has changed more in the last decade than the Alabama Supreme Court. In 1994, all nine justices on the court were Democrats – including two conservative, traditionally-minded jurists. Today, on the eve of the 2004 general election, the court is composed of eight Republicans and one Democrat – and it is possible that after the election all the justices will be Republicans.