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Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution

Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz
Format
Book
Published
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780805099096, 0805099093, 9780805099133 (electronic book)
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Summary
"From Citizens United to its momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Yet the court remains a mysterious institution, and the motivations of the nine men and women who serve for life are often obscure. Now, in Uncertain Justice, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz show the surprising extent to which the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution. This essential book arrives at a make-or-break moment for the nation and the court. Political gridlock, cultural change, and technological progress mean that the court's decisions on key topics--including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power--could be uniquely durable. Acutely aware of their opportunity, the justices are rewriting critical aspects of constitutional law and redrawing the ground rules of American government. Tribe--one of the country's leading constitutional lawyers--and Matz dig deeply into the court's recent rulings, stepping beyond tired debates over judicial "activism" to draw out hidden meanings and silent battles. The undercurrents they reveal suggest a strikingly different vision for the future of our country, one that is sure to be hotly debated. Filled with original insights and compelling human stories, Uncertain Justice illuminates the most colorful story of all--how the Supreme Court and the Constitution frame the way we live"--
Contents
  • Uncertain justice
  • Equality : Are we there yet?
  • Healthcare : liberty on the line
  • Campaign finance : follow the money
  • Freedom of speech : sex, lies, and videogames
  • Gun rights : armed and dangerous
  • Presidential power : hail to the Chief
  • Privacy : What have you got to hide?
  • Rights for sale : discounting the Constitution
  • Making rights real : access to justice
  • The Court and the Constitution.
Description
401 pages ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages [321]-378) and index.
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