The Rehnquist Court

The Rehnquist Court

Judicial Activism on the Right

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A hard-hitting, insightful analysis of recent Supreme Court decisions by one of the nationÆs most important Constitutional scholars explores the legal trends and revolutionary decisions handed down by the Rehnquist Court.

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Schwartz (law, American U.) has assembled sixteen contributions by legal academics, lawyers, and journalists that critically review the record of the conservative Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist on a variety of issues. Leading off the collection is a criticism of the decision that stopped the vote counting in Florida in order to install George W. Bush in the White House. Subsequent contributions look at such issues as racial equality, criminal procedure, capital punishment, gay rights, First Amendment issues, environmental law, disability rights, antitrust and business power, and the rights and responsibilities of the executive branch of government. The general viewpoint advanced can probably be deduced with the knowledge that many of the contributions previously appeared in The Nation magazine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Incisive commentary on recent Supreme Court decisions from America's foremost constitutional scholars For nearly all his tenure as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, William Rehnquist has enjoyed the support of a slim but usually solid majority of his fellow justices. With it he has been able to effect a dramatic shift to the right in many vital areas of constitutional law. Displaying a judicial activism not seen since the 1930s, Rehnquist and his allies, in a series of 5-4 decisions, have undermined civil rights and weakened the federal government's ability to respond to pressing social needs. As the Rehnquist court concludes its fifteenth term, the well-known constitutional authority Herman Schwartz has assembled seventeen distinguished legal scholars to evaluate its record on the many controversial issues that have come before it. Among them are Stephen Bright on capital punishment, Charles Ogletree on criminal procedure, Norman Redlich on religion, Allan Morrison and David Vladeck on regulation, and John Mackenzie on Bush v. Gore. The book concludes with an overall reflection on Rehnquist's legacy by Tom Wicker.

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An analysis of recent Supreme Court decisions by some of the nation's most important judicial scholars explores the decisions handed down by the Rehnquist court.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780809080731
Branch Call Number: 347.7326 REH
Characteristics: x, 276 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Schwartz, Herman 1931-


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