American Justice 2014: Nine Clashing Visions on the Supreme Court

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Sep 8, 2014 - Law - 192 pages

In this provocative and insightful book, constitutional scholar and journalist Garrett Epps reviews the key decisions of the 2013-2014 Supreme Court term through the words of the nation's nine most powerful legal authorities. Epps succinctly outlines one opinion or dissent from each of the justices during the recent term, using it to illuminate the political and ideological views that prevail on the Court. The result is a highly readable summary of the term's most controversial cases as well as a probing investigation of the issues and personalities that shape the Court's decisions.

Accompanied by a concise overview of Supreme Court procedure and brief case summaries, American Justice 2014 is an engaging and instructive read for seasoned Court-watchers as well as legal novices eager for an introduction to the least-understood branch of government. This revealing portrait of a year in legal action dramatizes the ways that the Court has come to reflect and encourage the polarization that increasingly defines American politics.

 

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Contents

Preface
1
The Branch That Works
9
Balls and Strikes
21
Justice of Hearts
35
Empathy for the Devil
49
Enter Laughing
61
Big Brother
73
In a Different Voice
85
The Alito Court
109
No Exit
123
Justice in Red and Blue
139
A Brief Guide to Supreme Court Procedure
149
Biographies of Current Justices of the Supreme Court
161
Major OT13 Cases Discussed in This Book
171
Further Reading
175
Copyright

Bringer of Chaos
97

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Garrett Epps is a contributing writer for the Atlantic and the American Prospect. His most recent book, American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution, was named a finalist for the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award. Epps is Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore.

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