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The Next Twenty-five Years: the New Supreme Court and What It Means for Americaby Martin Garbus
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In The Next 25 Years, renowned First Amendment lawyer Martin Garbus, looks to the changing of the guard in the country’s highest court, presciently examining its impact on the future of our Republic. Drawing upon extensive knowledge of Constitutional law and legal precedents, Garbus, one of our most astute legal historians, defrocks the Bush administration’s grip over the judiciary as an extension of its own executive powers.
Looking to the gains of the New Deal and the civil rights era that ushered in a wave of social protections, expanding civil liberty and redressing legal inequalities that were first struck down with the Reconstruction Amendments, Garbus warns of the threat of an incoming “textualist” bench that wishes to roll back more than a century’s worth of hard-won reforms.
As the end of the Rehnquist court draws near and upon the announcement of John Roberts as new Supreme Court Justice, Garbus presents a clear-eyed first account of how the coming bench may imperil the “living constitution” and endanger the liberties of a generation.
Named by Time magazine as “legendary…one of the best trial lawyers in the country,” Martin Garbus has appeared before the United States Supreme Court and the highest courts throughout the nation. Newsweek, National Law Journal, and others cite Garbus as “America’s most prominent First Amendment lawyer.”
"Perhaps more than even his War on Terror, President George W. Bush's Supreme Court appointments will have a tremendous impact on the country over the next 25 years and beyond, argues noted First Amendment trial lawyer and author Garbus in his latest work, an update of sorts to 2002's Courting Disaster. Taking on conservative critics of 'activist courts,' Garbus methodically lays out the arguments behind some of the most recent and controversial Supreme Court rulings (many decided by a single vote), showing Supreme Court conservatives turning precedent on its head in case after case. He also analyzes positions taken by newly-appointed Samuel Alito and John Roberts in their pre-Supreme careers, producing laws dating back to the early 1800s that the judges have been willing to change. Garbus cuts right to the heart of what's at stake, including rights to abortion, privacy and religion; states' sovereignty issues; tax reform and others. With crystal-clear reasoning, Garbus sounds a wake-up call for those suspicious of the current administration's long-term plans for the U.S. judiciary." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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Garbus (a First Amendment lawyer who has appeared before the Supreme Court) provides a portrait of the present and likely future politics of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts and the picture that emerges is not particularly pretty for those concerned about such matters as the concentration of power in the hands of the executive, the undermining of federal protection of citizens from having their rights violated by the states, the elevation of economic interests over personal rights, and the rise of state religion. He devotes individual chapters to each of these broad issues, deciphering the legalese of court decisions in order to describe the likely political and societal ramifications of recent rulings and the probable direction of the court over the next quarter of a century. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
America's leading trial lawyer speaks on the ramifications of the Supreme Court nominations
In The Next 25 Years, renowned First Amendment lawyer Martin Garbus examines what will be the impact of the new Supreme Court on the future of our republic. Drawing on extensive knowledge of Constitutional law and legal precedents, Garbus, one of our most astute legal historians, defrocks the executive branchs grip over the judiciary as an extension of its own executive powers. He warns of the threat of an incoming "textualist" bench that wishes to roll back more than a centurys worth of hard-won reforms. And he offers the first clear-eyed account of how the coming bench may imperil our way of life and endanger the liberties you may have thought were our inalienable rights.
Drawing upon extensive knowledge of Constitutional law and legal precedents, Garbus presents a clear-eyed first account of how the coming Supreme Court may imperil the "living constitution" and endanger the liberties of a generation.
About the Author
Sonali Kolhatkar is the host and producer of Uprising, a popular, daily, drive-time program on KPFK, Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles and co-director of the Afghan Women's Mission, a US-based non-profit organization that works with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA).
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