Justice Stanley Mosk: A Life at the Center of California Politics and Justice

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McFarland, Nov 27, 2012 - Social Science - 288 pages
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This is the first biography of Stanley Mosk (1912-2001), iconic protector of civil rights and civil liberties during his 37 years as a justice of the Supreme Court of California (1964 to 2001). He had quickly risen as a well liked leader among Los Angeles reformers, as executive secretary to California governor Culbert Olson and then 16 years as a superior court judge. His 1958 election and service as state attorney general soon won national attention and the promise of likely election to the U.S. Senate, but an unexpected campaign twist augured a new course. This book frames Mosk's Supreme Court years and the landmark cases in which his opinions or biting dissents continue to resonate.
 

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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1
Introduction
3
1 Walk Upstairs and Save
9
2 What This Fraternity Needs Is More Moreys
20
3 Lawyers Who Should Be Thrown Out of Ten Story Windows
28
4 When the Plums Are Passed Out You Will Be Left Behind Again
40
5 I Crowded the War Off Page One
53
6 The Jewish Community Found a Leader
72
13 The Melancholy Truth
159
14 You Dont Have to Remove Your Shoes Before Stepping All Over Stanley Mosk
164
15 But I Blame Jerry Brown for Putting You Here
177
16 You Have Remarkable Sources
192
17 I Am Now an Orphan
204
18 I Have Never Known Defeat at the Polls
214
19 They Have Exalted Principal Over Principle
224
20 Where Has All the Grandeur Gone?
240

7 Use Their Heads Instead of Their HobNailed Boots
79
8 Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes
89
9 A Great Democratic Rain
109
10 To Embarrass Them or Pressure Then Sometime in the Future
120
11 He Never Forgot What His Positions Were
135
12 The Mosk Doctrine
149
Epilogue
247
Chapter Notes
251
Bibliography
269
Index of Cases
273
General Index
275
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Jacqueline R. Braitman, formerly with the department of history and The Center for the Study of Woman at the University of California, Los Angeles, has published widely on partisan women and has served as the assistant executive director of the California Supreme Court Historical Society. Gerald F. Uelmen is a professor of law (and former law school dean) at Santa Clara University. Past president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and California Catholic Lawyers Against the Death Penalty, he chairs the editorial advisory committee for California Lawyer.

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