The Center Holds: The Power Struggle Inside the Rehnquist Court

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Simon & Schuster, 1995 - Law - 332 pages
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In The Center Holds, James E. Simon provides the first behind-the-scenes look at the private deliberations and deep disagreements of the justices of the Rehnquist Court at a critical juncture in the history of the modern Supreme Court. But more than that, he gives us the inside story of a conservative judicial revolution that failed. Simon focuses on four crucial areas of civil rights and liberties - racial discrimination, abortion, criminal law, and First Amendment freedoms - to chronicle the most intense confrontations between the old liberal order and the emerging conservative majority. He takes us into the courtroom where the cases were argued, into the closed conferences where they were fiercely debated, and into the justices' private chambers where strong personalities and wills often collided.

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THE CENTER HOLDS: The Power Struggle Inside the Rehnquist Court

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An intense and accessible behind-the-bench examination of the Supreme Court's surprising drift to the center. Simon (Law/New York Law School; The Antagonists, 1989, etc.) focuses on four ideological ... Read full review


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James F. Simon is the Martin Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at New York Law School. He is the author of seven previous books on American history, law, and politics. His books have won the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award and twice been named New York Times" Notable Books. He lives with his wife in West Nyack, New York.

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