Law student also an MSU
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. y RITA CLARK
Instead of joining the parade to the library after class
like most other University law students, one tall, older
student drops behind to head back to East Lansing where
political science students will soon gather to hear him lec-
*uHarold Spaeth, a 50-year-old political science professor
at Michigan State University who specializes in predicting
the outcome of Supreme Court decisions, said he is
seeking a law degree to gain more "credibility" among
attorneys who may wish to use his information.
SPAETN SAID the experience at the law school will also
"enhance writing and research skills."
Spaeth said he makes his predictions on "the basis of
psychological considerations rather than legal con-
In cases of great public interest where he predicts how
the court will rule, Spaeth claims an accuracy rate of 93
percent. He said he is correct in'predicting how individual
justices will rule 80 percent of the time.
BUT SPAIFTH recalls two cases when his predictions on
the justices' decisions proved incorrect. The first was the
original abortion decision in 1973 in the Roe vs. Wade case,
and the second was the verdict against centerfielder Curt
Flood in a baseball anti-trust case.
In these cases, Spaeth said, the Supreme Court justices
did not follow previous patterns. "I can't predict the un-
predictable," he said.
In his work, Spaeth said he takes into account various
factors which stem from the judges' "personal attitudes
and values toward the issue."
ACCORDING TO Spaeth, an "overwhelming majority
of the Supreme Court justices' decisions are a response to
three basic values that they share with the public:
Freedom, equality, and New Deal economics.
"There's a certain mystique that surrounds the U.S.
Supreme Court and the appellate courts," the professor
added. "The perception that judges at these levels decide
the way they do because that's what the law says, or that's
what the Constitution says, well, that's nonsense."
Yale Kamisar, one of Spaeth's former professors at the
Law School noted that, "My distinct impression was that
he (Spaeth) was very accurate, but I haven't
systematically kept any files on it."
As a student, Kamisar said that Spaeth "is a very in-
high court sage
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