On nearly every legal scholar’s list of worst Supreme Court decisions are Dred Scott (1857), which declared that African Americans are not American citizens; the Civil Rights Cases (1883), which reversed laws outlawing racial discrimination in public facilities; and Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896), which affirmed segregation and the fraud of “separate but equal” facilities for African Americans.
Not far behind among worst decisions was Buck v. Bell (1927), which affirmed the right of the state to sterilize citizens with intellectual disabilities; and Koremetsu v. U.S. (1944), which asserted the government’s right to round up and place citizens of Japanese descent in internment camps.
Bowers v. Hardwick (1986) upheld a Georgia law criminalizing homosexual acts and gay and lesbian relationships. Fortunately this law was overturned in 2003 by Lawrence V. Texas.
Of nearly equal interest are the four worst Supreme Court justices: bigots, an anti-semite, a hyper-partisan, and a lazy do-nothing.