Judges on Judging: Views from the Bench

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David M. O'Brien
Chatham House, 1997 - Law - 364 pages
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The views of leading justices and judges on the judicial process, the function of judging and the role of the courts, particularly the Supreme Court, are presented in this text. What judges say remains important for understanding the role of courts in American politics. Since off-the-bench commentaries provide insight into the governmental system, public policy and political principles, this collection of essays aims to further illuminate the American judicial process. There has been much debate over off-the-bench commentaries and some judges have been outspoken in their criticism of other political branches over such matters as the contemporary process of federal judicial selection, while others have attacked the more conservative directions taken in the 1990s by the Rehnquist court. This book intends to contribute to the on-going debate over off-the-bench commentaries. The topics addressed by justices and judges run from rather rare comments about specific decisions, to more frequent observations about the operation of the judiciary and the administration of justice.

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Most Americans don't understand what judges do. Yet they are ready to comment on the latest instance of any perceived example of judicial wrongdoing. O'Brien (government, Univ. of Virginia) believes ... Read full review


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David M. O Brien is Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books, including Constitutional Law and Politics and Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics, winner of the American Bar Association s Silver Gavel Award and now in its widely adopted Seventh Edition.

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