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Elena Kagan becomes latest liberal justice to sound alarm on precedent

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Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court battled Friday over overturning long-standing cases, with liberal Justice Elena Kagan charging that a 5-4 opinion that broke along ideological lines "smashes a hundred-plus years of legal rulings to smithereens."

Kagan was dissenting from a case pitting a property owner against the government, but the liberal justice made clear that she was also looking forward, laying a marker and insinuating that the newly solidified conservative majority may be similarly dismissive of precedent in other areas. Those areas could include access to abortion, affirmative action and LGBT rights -- all issues making their way up to the high court.
Kagan's lament matched that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week when Ginsburg called the retirement of swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy "the greatest consequence" of the current term and "perhaps for many terms ahead."
In her opinion, Kagan also nodded to a dissenting opinion that Stephen Breyer wrote last month when the majority overturned precedent in a case called Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt concerning whether a state can be sued in another state's court without its consent. 
"Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next,":snip:

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