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Closed Chambers : the Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court - Update With New Chapters (99 Edition)

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Operating inside a network of Byzantine secrecy, the United States Supreme Court is the most powerful judicial institution in the world. Nine unelected justices, supposedly insulated from the pressure of politics, are charged with protecting our most cherished rights and shaping our fundamental laws.

In this eloquent, trailblazing account, Edward Lazarus, who served as a clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun, provides an insider's guided tour of a court at war with itself and often in neglect of its constitutional duties. He guides the reader through the Court's inner sanctum, explaining as only an eyewitness can the collisions of law, politics, and personality as the Justices wrestle with the most fiercely disputed issues of our time. Part memoir, part history, and all spellbinding narrative, Closed Chambers provides an intimate portrait — Justice by Justice — of the battles and compromises of the highest court in the land.

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Lazarus, a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, sees the Supreme Court of the Rehnquist years as an institution broken into unyielding factions in which the Justices often resort to transparently deceitful and hypocritical arguments and factual distortions in order to a achieve desired results. Juxtaposing history, memoir, and analysis, he uses Court dealings with the issues of the death penalty, race discrimination, and abortion as illustrative of the larger problem of the breakdown of the Court's internal culture.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

When Closed Chambers was first published, it was met with a firestorm of controversy—as well as a shower of praise—for being the first book to break the code of silence about the inner workings of this country’s most powerful court. In this eloquent, trailblazing account, with a new chapter covering Bush v. Gore, Guantanamo, and other recent controversial court decisions, Edward Lazarus, who served as a clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun, presents a searing indictment of a court at war with itself and often in neglect of its constitutional duties. Combining memoir, history, and legal analysis, Lazarus reveals in astonishing detail the realities of what takes place behind the closed doors of the U.S. Supreme Court—an institution that through its rulings holds the power to affect the life of every American. 

Synopsis:

The author of "Black Hills/White Justice" offers an inside look at the most secretive institution in the American government--the Supreme Court. of photos.

About the Author

Edward Lazarus is the author of Black Hills, White Justice. He writes regularly for national publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Atlantic Monthly. A former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, Lazarus is currently in private practice in California.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Penguin Edition

Author's Note

The Highest Court in the Land

THE MARBLE PALACE

A Clerk's Eye View

The Grand Canyon

THE PENALTY OF DEATH

The Spirit of Scottsboro

Sand in the Machine

The Strike of Lightning

Backlash

The Death Watch

The Lone Ranger

Stay of Execution

A Cop Killer's Case

Equal Protection of the Laws

THINGS FALL APART

Robert Bork and Civil War

The Cabal Against the Libs

The Test of Sincerity

THE TORTURE OF LAWS

The Right to Privacy

The Price of Good Intentions

The Triumph of Politics

A COURT DIVIDED

Transitions

A Fragile Peace

Old Battles, New Wounds

Final Thoughts

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035275
Author:
Lazarus, Edward
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Legal System
Subject:
Federal Jurisdiction
Subject:
Courts - Supreme Court
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Government - Judicial Branch
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
Political questions and judicial power
Subject:
Law : General
Edition Description:
Updated
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8.10x5.32x1.31 in. 1.09 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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When Closed Chambers was first published, it was met with a firestorm of controversy—as well as a shower of praise—for being the first book to break the code of silence about the inner workings of this country’s most powerful court. In this eloquent, trailblazing account, with a new chapter covering Bush v. Gore, Guantanamo, and other recent controversial court decisions, Edward Lazarus, who served as a clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun, presents a searing indictment of a court at war with itself and often in neglect of its constitutional duties. Combining memoir, history, and legal analysis, Lazarus reveals in astonishing detail the realities of what takes place behind the closed doors of the U.S. Supreme Court—an institution that through its rulings holds the power to affect the life of every American. 
"Synopsis" by , The author of "Black Hills/White Justice" offers an inside look at the most secretive institution in the American government--the Supreme Court. of photos.

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