Laboratory of justice : the Supreme Court's 200-year struggle to integrate science and the law (Book, 2004) [WorldCat.org]
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Laboratory of justice : the Supreme Court's 200-year struggle to integrate science and the law

Author: David L Faigman
Publisher: New York : Times Books/Henry Holt, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In this history, legal scholar David L. Faigman wrestles with moral and political conundrums, revealing the tension between the conservative nature of the law and the swift evolution of scientific knowledge. Because constitutional law works by precedent, the Supreme Court embeds the science of earlier times into our laws today - sometimes in the service of facts and truth, sometimes in the service of judicial
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David L Faigman
ISBN: 0805072748 9780805072747 0805078452 9780805078459
OCLC Number: 54504037
Description: xiii, 417 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The lesson of leeches --
If men were angels: a Constitution by and for "corruptible human hands" --
A covenant with death: Dred Scott and the biology of slavery --
The roots of modernity: Holmes, Brandeis, and the new legal science --
"Let us not become legal monks": legal realism and the realistic jurisprudence of the Supreme Court --
"Attainder of blood": race and eugenics in the 1940s --
Autocracy of caste: Brown v. Board of Education and the golden age of social science --
The right to be let alone: privacy and the problem of defining life and death --
Lifter or leveler?: equal protection in the land of rugged individualism --
In the Supreme Court we trust: science and supposition in the Religion Clauses --
Shouting fire: the moral and empirical consequences of free speech --
The house that the Court built: the future of science at the Suypreme Court.
Responsibility: David L. Faigman.
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Abstract:

"In this history, legal scholar David L. Faigman wrestles with moral and political conundrums, revealing the tension between the conservative nature of the law and the swift evolution of scientific knowledge. Because constitutional law works by precedent, the Supreme Court embeds the science of earlier times into our laws today - sometimes in the service of facts and truth, sometimes in the service of judicial expediency."

"In recent decades, the Court has been confronted more and more by such questions of fact. Today's Court faces a range of issues - affirmative action, gay marriage, the right to die, privacy in a high-tech society, and the place of the word "God" in the Pledge of Allegiance - that all rest to some degree on science. As has been the case over the past two hundred years, many of these battles will come down to the scientific sensibilities of individual justices. To ensure our liberties in posttechnological America, Faigman argues, the Court must embrace science rather than resist it, turning to the lab as well as to precedent."--Jacket.

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