FAMOUS JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURL by James J. Flynn

FAMOUS JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Brief biographies, in chronological order, of justices Jay, Marshall, Story, Taney, Field, Chase, Holmes, Hughes, Brandeis, Taft, Cardozo, Warren and Thurgood Marshall which are straight on vital statistics, top cursory or careless--or both--to serve as entree to the Court either singly or cumulatively. Marshall's Marbury vs. Madison decision asserting the right of judicial review of all legislation is abstrusely condensed; the heart of Taney's Dred Scott decision, that Negroes were property, remains unmentioned; in a case testing the Texas ""white primary,"" the implications of Holmes' opinion are substituted for his actual decision; the Court's decision under Taft in the Myers case is similarly omitted. The entry on Warren is next to the briefest and fails entirely to suggest the extent and effect of his contribution. Detached pronouns and pompous use of legalese don't help; the standard encyclopedias are better written and much more judicious.

Pub Date: Sept. 3rd, 1968
Publisher: Dodd, Mead