Synopses & Reviews
When the first President Bush chose David Hackett Souter for the Supreme Court in 1990, the slender New Englander with the shy demeanor and ambiguous past was quickly dubbed a "stealth candidate". Since his appointment, Souter has embraced a flexible, evolving, and highly pragmatic judicial style that embraces a high regard for precedent--even liberal decisions of the Warren and Burger Courts with which he may have personally disagreed. Ultimately, Yarbrough contends, Souter has become the principal Rehnquist Court opponent of the originalist, text-bound jurisprudence that many of the more conservative Justices profess to champion. Sifting through Souter's opinions, papers of the Justice's contemporaries and other relevant records and interviews, esteemed Supreme Court biographer Tinsley Yarbrough here gives us the real David Souter, crafting a fascinating account of one of the heretofore most elusive Justices in the history of the Court.
Sifting through Souter's opinions and other relevant records and interviews, esteemed Supreme Court biographer Yarbrough reveals the real David Souter, crafting a fascinating account of one of the heretofore most elusive Justices in the history of the Court.
About the Author
Tinsley E. Yarbrough
is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University. His books include The Rehnquist Court and the Constitution
, Judicial Enigma: The First Justice Harlan
, John Marshall Harlan: Great Dissenter of the Warren Court
, and Judge Frank Johnson and Human Rights in Alabama
, for which he won an ABA Silver Gavel Award. He lives in Greenville, North Carolina.
Table of Contents
1. New England Yankee
2. New Hampshire Judge
3. "Stealth Candidate"
4. Common Law Justice
5. Constitutional Nationalist
6. Traditional Republican