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.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Part I. The past : the Supreme Court in history Protecting minorities Enforcing the Constitution in times of crisis Protecting property and states' rights What about the Warren Court? Part II. The present : the Roberts Court Employers, employees, and consumers Abuses of government power Is the Roberts Court really so bad? Part III. The future : what to do about the Supreme Court? The question of judicial review Changing the court Conclusion : How should we think and talk about the Supreme Court?