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By Richard J. Lazarus

May 25, 2023 at 3:36 p.m. EDT

The Supreme Court building is reflected in a water puddle on May 24, 2022. (Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post)

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Richard J. Lazarus is the Howard and Katherine Aibel professor of law at Harvard Law School.

Justice Antonin Scalia died more than seven years ago, but the Supreme Court's decision in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday shows that this is the "Scalia Court" far more so than when he was alive.

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