A Year in the Life of the Supreme Court - Constitutional Conflicts (Hardback)Rodney A. Smolla (editor)
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The cases heard by the Surpreme Court are, first and foremost, disputes involving real people with actual stories. The accidents and twists of circumstance that have brought these people to the last resort of litigation can make for compelling drama. The contributors to this volume bring these dramatic stories to life, using them as a backdrop for the larger issues of law and social policy that constitute the Court's business: abortion, separation of church and state, freedom of speech, the right of privacy, crime, violence, discrimination, and the death penalty. In the course of these narratives, the authors describe the personalities and jurisprudential leanings of the various Justices, explaining how the interplay of these characters and theories about the Constitution interact to influence the Court's decisions.
Highly readable and richly informative, this book offers an unusually clear and comprehensive portrait of one of the most influential institutions in modern American life.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 31 mm
You don't have to be a lawyer or a Supreme Court junkie to enjoy this book: it is as good a description-for a general audience as well as a legally trained one-of the real people and cases that come before the Supreme Court as we have ever had. This book is a joy to read."-Floyd Abrams, Constitutional attorney