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With liberty and justice for some : a critique of the conservative Supreme Court

Author: David Kairys
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The conservative majority that has dominated the Supreme Court for over a decade was engineered by presidents who claimed to have depoliticized the courts and promoted judicial restraint. Yet the result has been a steady stream of opinions that limit individual rights far more than is commonly understood. In With Liberty and Justice for Some, David Kairys presents a fascinating analysis of the changes brought about
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Kairys
ISBN: 1565840712 9781565840713 1565840593 9781565840591
OCLC Number: 27226953
Description: x, 246 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Wartime bookends and Constitutional choices --
Wartime bookends: a fixed star ; citizenship has its responsibilities --
Constitutional choices --
Expression --
The surprising history of free speech in the United States : public parks and private houses ; in trust for the use of the public ; the Constitution and the early popular understanding ; the liberal paradigm --
Free speech isn't free (and no one is listening) the conservative retrenchment : an eyesore, a safety hazard, and additional cleanup work ; secondary effects ; the costs of security ; teenage girl students ; not a case of suppressing a dangerous idea ; fighting words and racist speech --
Participation in the political process : the integrity of the democratic system ; the voices of people and interest groups who have money to spend ; nothing to do with voting ; the function of editors --
Religion --
Free exercise : an unavoidable consequence of democratic government --
Establishment : Jefferson was of course in France ; a secular purpose ; a plausible secular purpose --
Religious freedom and the wall of separation --
Equality : undesirable traffic ; best presented to the Legislative bodies ; smoke out racism ; an additional risk unique to women --
Privacy : penumbras and emanations ; what are you doing in my bedroom? ; no ligitimate expectation of privacy ; more than one should have to bear --
Due process : watch for these subjects ; unfortunate encounters ; harmless error --
A policeman perched on the top of a truck or a two-level bus ; a basis for exonerating the defendant --
Conclusion : Conservative legal thought and practice --
Legal reasoning, democracy, and the rule of law --
Freedom, equality, and democracy --
Appendix: The Bill of Rights.
Responsibility: David Kairys.

Abstract:

The conservative majority that has dominated the Supreme Court for over a decade was engineered by presidents who claimed to have depoliticized the courts and promoted judicial restraint. Yet the result has been a steady stream of opinions that limit individual rights far more than is commonly understood. In With Liberty and Justice for Some, David Kairys presents a fascinating analysis of the changes brought about by the Reagan-Bush courts, changes that will long outlive those administrations.

Kairys, a leading constitutional scholar and litigator, examines thirty-one major Supreme court decisions - covering rights of expression, participation in the political process, religion, equality, privacy and due process - many of them lesser known cases that have not been subjected to intense scrutiny. Arguing that the liberal decisions of the 1960s and early 1970s were an aberration in a larger conservative pattern, Kairys highlights the ongoing erosion of principles and rules typically thought to embody American notions of freedom. Kairys focuses on the people involved, and analyzes these cases to highlight contradictions in conservative legal thinking and practice. He evaluates and criticizes the conservative record, assesses legal reasoning and the rule of law in society, and develops an approach to protection and enforcement of freedom, equality, and democracy.

Criticizing both conservative and liberal rules and reasoning, and all the while exploring other alternatives, With Liberty and Justice for Some is a revealing and accessible expose of the role of law, the state of democracy and the retrenchment of our individual rights over the last two decades.

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