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The intelligible Constitution : the Supreme Court's obligation to maintain the Constitution as something we the people can understand

Author: Joseph Goldstein
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, a critical abortion rights case, a bitterly divided Supreme Court produced no less than six different opinions. Writing for the plurality, Chief Justice Rehnquist attacked the trimester framework established in Roe v. Wade because it was "not found in the text of the Constitution or in any place else one would expect to find a constitutional principle." This approach,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trials, litigation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Goldstein, Joseph, 1923-2000.
Intelligible Constitution.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)645810742
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Goldstein
ISBN: 0195073282 9780195073287 0195093755 9780195093759
OCLC Number: 24175157
Description: xx, 201 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Made for an undefined future --
With studied ambiguity : National League of Cities v. Usery and Garcia v. San Antonio Metro Transit Authority --
Had understanding been the goal : Cooper v. Aaron --
Decisions unexplained : the Brown v. Board of Education cases --
Failing to take their own and each other's opinions seriously : Regents of the University of California v. Bakke --
Toward the intelligible Constitution.
Responsibility: Joseph Goldstein.
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A lucid and accessible examination of the Constitution and the manner in which the Supreme Court has failed to communicate its opinions to the public in a comprehensible manner.  Read more...

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