Supreme Injustice: How the High Court Hijacked Election 2000

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Oxford University Press, USA, Jun 21, 2001 - Political Science - 288 pages
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Millions of Americans were baffled and outraged by the U.S. Supreme Court's role in deciding the presidential election of 2000 with its controversial ruling in Bush v. Gore. The Court had held a unique place in our system of checks and balances, seen as the embodiment of fairness and principle precisely because it was perceived to be above the political fray. How could it now issue a decision that reeked of partisan politics, and send to the White House a candidate who may have actually lost the election? In Supreme Injustice, best-selling author and legal expert Alan M. Dershowitz addresses these questions head-on, at last demystifying Bush v. Gore for those who are still angered by the court's decision but unclear about its meaning. Dershowitz--himself a former Supreme Court clerk--argues that in this case for the first time, the court's majority let its desire for a particular partisan outcome have priority over legal principles. As in his other bestselling books, Dershowitz clarifies complex legal issues, explaining concepts such as "equal protection" and "irreparable harm." Digging deeply into their earlier writings and rulings, Dershowitz proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the justices who gave George W. Bush the presidency contradicted their previous positions to do so. The most egregious ruling since the Dred Scott Decision, Bush v. Gore has shattered the image of the Supreme Court as a fair and impartial arbiter of important national issues. The resulting loss of the American people's respect, Dershowitz concludes, has severely compromised the Court's role in national affairs. And yet Dershowitz sees some benefit emerging from this constitutional crisis--if we understand its lessons and take action to prevent it from happening again.

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

I suppose I should like this book, like the rest of those who believe that justice was not served in the Bush v. Gore decision, but I found it unpleasant and in some places, downright nasty. There was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wesbrook - LibraryThing

Members of the Supreme Court abnegate their independent status to interfere in the affairs of the state of Florida, and give the 2000 election to Bush. Sandra Day O'Connor shows herself as the Republican lackey she was. Read full review


1 Five Justices Decide the Election
2 The Final Decision
3 Would the Majority Have Stopped the Hand Count if Gore Had Been Ahead?
4 The Inconsistency of the Majority Justices with Their Previously Expressed Views
5 The Importance of Bush v Gore to All Americans

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Alan M. Dershowitz is the bestselling author of Chutzpah, Reversal of Fortune, Reasonable Doubts, and many other books. After clerking for Judge David Bazelon and Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, Dershowitz was appointed to the Harvard Law Faculty, where he became a full professor at age 28, the youngest in the school's history. Business Week has described him as "one of [America's] most prominent legal educators." Long famous and infamous for defending controversial clients and positions, he is one of America's best known commentators on legal issues. His articles and syndicated columns appear regularly in newspapers and magazines, and he comments frequently on national television. Dershowitz lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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