Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr (Google eBook)

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Fordham Univ Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 690 pages
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Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. is an absorbing and readable biography of one of the most important Supreme Court Justices since World War II. From abortion to affirmative action to the constitutionality of capital punishment, Powell's pivotal votes helped determine the great issues of our time. Nominated to the Supreme Court in 1971, along with future Chief Justice William H. Rebnquist, Powell was expected to join a staunchly conservative bloc of Nixon appointees who would roli back the innovations of the Warren Court. Instead, Powell quickly established himself as an independent voice, the decisive swing vote at the center of an ideologically divided Court. With access to Powell's private papers, author John Jeffries provides an engrossing insider's account of the most controversial decisions of Powell's carcer. These include Roe v. Wade, which first extended constitutional protection to abortion; the Bakke decision, which allowed, but set limits on, race-based affirmative action; decisions wrestling with the constitutionality of the death penalty; the Watergate tapes case, which led to the resignation of a President; decisions on school desegregation and busing; and Bowers v. Har
  

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Jeffries (Univ. of Virginia Sch. of Law) has painted a penetrating portrait of the jurist once described, without too much hyperbole, as "the most powerful man in America.'' Jeffries's work, however ... Read full review

Contents

THE RELUCTANT JUSTICE
1
EARLY LIFE
13
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL
44
WARTIME
60
ULTRA SECRET
81
RISING STAR
115
A HARDLINE MODERATE
131
NATIONAL CITIZEN 19551971
183
THE SUPREME COURT
243
RACE AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
282
ABORTION
332
THE NIXON TAPES CASE
371
CRIME AND DEATH
398
BAKKE AND BEYOND
455
CHANGING TIMES
502
A SENSE OF DUTY
531

APPOINTMENT
222

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Page 11 - PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, To all who shall see these Presents, Greeting: KNOW YE; That reposing special trust and confidence in the Wisdom, Uprightness, and Learning of Lewis F.

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John C. Jeffries, Jr., graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and first in his class from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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