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Saving the Constitution from lawyers : how legal training and law reviews distort constitutional meaning

Author: Robert J Spitzer
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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"This book is a sweeping indictment of the legal profession when it enters the realm of constitutional interpretation. The adversarial, advocacy-based American legal system is well-suited to American justice, where one-sided arguments collide to produce a just outcome. But when applied to constitutional theorizing, the result is selective analysis, overheated rhetoric, distorted facts, and overstated conclusions.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert J Spitzer
ISBN: 9780521896962 0521896967 9780521721721 0521721725
OCLC Number: 180190939
Description: ix, 195 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The logic, and illogic, of law; 2. The law journal breeding ground; 3. The inherent item veto; 4. The unitary executive and the commander-in-chief power; 5. The second amendment; 6. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Robert J. Spitzer.
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"Fair, fearless, and ferocious, Bob Spitzer has done it again. In Saving the Constitution from Lawyers, he dissects law journals run by law students - and demolishes their one-sided and poorly Read more...

 
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