TIDES OF JUSTICE: The Supreme Court and the Constitution In Our Time by Robert Liston
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TIDES OF JUSTICE: The Supreme Court and the Constitution In Our Time

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Repeat In Our Time; this is a book with the vitality as well as the substance of the present. Teenagers can feel strongly about these issues--civil rights, prayers in schools, criminal procedures and the protection of the individual, reapportionment--but a true understanding of what they involve predicates knowledge of the legal foundations. The material is all extremely well tied together, and it incorporates a well-developed introduction to the Justices themselves and their attitudes toward the capacities of the Supreme Court. It also deals with the functioning of the Constitution, the precedents for the new laws, the ways in which old laws can be reinterpreted or changed, the effect of public opinion on the judicial process, the areas of disagreement and ambiguity, and the interlocking relationships of separate decisions. The present Court is moved by judicial activism, and this is an active approach to demonstrating its role. The author frequently brings in details about the original situations which finally led to Supreme Court decisions and these amuse, exemplify, and underline the human basis of a legal system. His frank approach to the controversy about the Earl Warren Court will find supporters and opponents, but if they're going to build a good case this is the sort of a brief they'll have to use or refute. Appendix including the Constitution and the decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1966
Publisher: Delacorte