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Advice and consent : the politics of judicial appointments

Author: Lee Epstein; Jeffrey Allan Segal
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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From Louis Brandeis to Robert Bork to Clarence Thomas, the nomination of federal judges has generated intense political conflict. With Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement and other justices likely to depart soon - not to mention threats to filibuster lower court judges - the selection process is, once again, the center of red-hot partisan debate. In "Advice and Consent", two leading legal scholars, Lee Epstein and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Epstein; Jeffrey Allan Segal
ISBN: 0195300211 9780195300215
OCLC Number: 1057949724
Description: viii, 180 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. A backdrop to judicial appointments --
2. Vacancies --
3. Nominating federal judges and justices --
4. Confirming federal judges and justices --
5. Politics, presidents, and judging --
6. The politics of appointments meets the politics of judging.
Responsibility: Lee Epstein and Jeffrey A. Segal.
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From Louis Brandeis to Robert Bork to Clarence Thomas, the nomination of federal judges has generated intense political conflict. With Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement and other justices likely to depart soon - not to mention threats to filibuster lower court judges - the selection process is, once again, the center of red-hot partisan debate. In "Advice and Consent", two leading legal scholars, Lee Epstein and Jeffrey A. Segal, offer a brief, illuminating Baedeker to this highly important procedure, discussing everything from constitutional background, to crucial differences in the nomination of judges and justices, to the role of the Judiciary Committee in vetting nominees. Epstein and Segal shed light on the role played by the media, by the American Bar Association, and by special interest groups (whose efforts helped defeat Judge Bork). Though it is often assumed that political clashes over nominees are a new phenomenon, the authors argue that the appointment of justices and judges has always been a highly contentious process - one largely driven by ideological and partisan concerns. The book describes how presidents and the Senate have tried to remake the bench, ranging from FDR's controversial "court packing" scheme to the Senate's creation in 1978 of 35 new appellate and 117 district court judgeships, allowing the Democrats to shape the judiciary for years. The authors conclude with a look at whether presidents succeed in their efforts to appoint judges who will carry their philosophies into the next generation.

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