America's Court: The Supreme Court and the People

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Fulcrum Pub., 1997 - Law - 194 pages
For more than two centuries, the U.S. Supreme Court has served as the most powerful court in the world. Throughout its history, however, little has been known about the inner workings of "America's Court". During the 1950s and 1960s, a period marked by increased Court activism and intervention in American life, public interest in the Court and its Justices also grew, and it became evident to the Court's Justices that the Court would have to begin interacting with the American public. Then, in 1973, Barrett McGurn, a seasoned newsman, was appointed as the Court's first Public Information Officer, where he served until mid-1982 - an eye-witness to many watershed events, from the turbulence of Watergate to the excitement surrounding the appointment of the Court's first woman Justice. In this book, McGurn describes the intricate and often erratic relationship among the Justices, the public and the media, taking the reader behind the scenes of this secretive body and opening the Court to the people it serves.

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Barrett McGurn was a reporter for the New York and International Herald Tribunes from 1935 to 1966. He served sixteen years as Bureau Chief in Rome, Paris, and Moscow, where he received journalism awards as the year's best foreign correspondent for his coverage of the French North African War of 1955 and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

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