Most Americans share the perception that the Supreme Court is objective, but Erwin Chemerinsky, one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers, shows that this is nonsense and always has been. The Court is made up of fallible individuals who base decisions on their own biases. Today, the Roberts Court is promoting a conservative agenda under the guise of following a neutral methodology, but notorious decisions, such as Bush vs. Gore and United Citizens, are hardly recent exceptions. This devastating book details, case by case, how the Court has largely failed throughout American history at its most important tasks and at the most important times.
Only someone of Chemerinsky’s stature and breadth of knowledge could take on this controversial topic. Powerfully arguing for term limits for justices and a reassessment of the institution as a whole, The Case Against the Supreme Court is a timely and important book that will be widely read and cited for decades to come.
|This is a 2014 publication and I am just getting around to reviewing. I found this book to be very interesting though I had already agreed with most of the author's ideas or what he was trying to say as far as the Supreme court has and still is looking out for business mostly big business. That has been the way it has been since the beginning of our country.|
Really one just needs to think about the words all men are created equal. Yet the Supreme court in the late 1700s, 1800’s until today it is still not the case. The U.S. Government still has rules and regulations for American Indians on what percentage of blood qualifies you to be Native American. This is backed up by the Court.
I really would have liked the author to have gone into more detail with some of the cases that affected the course of our Nation and how they led to a huge change for both good and bad. For there was a time in the ’50s and early 60’s when a change was happening and the court was the cause for a lot of that change. Including laws to protect rights when getting arrested for example. The ’60s was when the court started the Miranda warning that everyone now takes for granted.
Those kinds of examples would have been nice along with how railroads and other big businesses were allowed to take land and really do whatever they wanted.
Overall the book was good. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com