New PDF release: A Year at the Supreme Court (Constitutional Conflicts)

By Jr. Stuart Taylor,Neal Devins,Davison M. Douglas,David G. Savage,David Garrow,Dahlia Lithwick,Erwin Chemerinsky,Ramesh Ponnuru,Jeffrey Rosen,Carter Phillips,Tony Mauro

The usa ideally suited Court’s 2002–03 time period confounded courtroom watchers. an identical Rehnquist courtroom that many had obvious as solidly conservative and unduly activist—the courtroom that helped come to a decision the 2000 presidential election and struck down thirty-one federal statutes considering 1995—issued a collection of unusual, watershed rulings. In a time period choked with vital and unpredictable judgements, it upheld affirmative motion, invalidated a same-sex sodomy statute, and reversed a demise sentence because of useless suggestions of assistance. With essays excited about person Justices, court docket practices, and a few of final year’s most crucial rulings, this quantity explores the that means and importance of the Court’s 2002–03 time period. pro best courtroom advocates and newshounds from The New Republic, The l. a. Times, Newsweek, National Journal, Slate, and Legal instances grapple with questions on the Rehnquist Court’s identification and the preferrred Court’s position within the political lifetime of the country.

Some essays reflect on the function of “swing” Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy inside a court docket that divides 5–4 greater than the other crew of Justices within the nation’s heritage. Others learn the political response to and criminal context of the Court’s Lawrence v. Texas decision stating a Texas legislations criminalizing gay sodomy unconstitutional. members study the Court’s rulings on affirmative motion and reconsider its dedication to states’ rights. contemplating the Court’s practices, one suggest explores the use and software of amicus curiae, or “friend of the courtroom” briefs, whereas one other displays on symptoms of an elevated openness by way of the courtroom to public scrutiny. advocates who argued circumstances earlier than the Court—one concerning hate speech and the opposite to a “three moves and you’re out” felony statute—offer bright money owed in their stories. meant for basic readers, A 12 months on the preferrred Court is for all those that are looking to comprehend the Rehnquist courtroom and its momentous 2002–03 term.

Contributors
Erwin Chemerinsky
Neal Devins
Davison M. Douglas
David J. Garrow
Dahlia Lithwick
Tony Mauro
Carter Phillips
Ramesh Ponnuru
Jeffrey Rosen
David G. Savage
Rodney A. Smolla
Stuart Taylor Jr.

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