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Reconsidering judicial finality : why the Supreme Court is not the last word on the Constitution

Author: Louis Fisher
Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Federal judges, legal scholars, pundits, and reporters frequently describe the Supreme Court as the final word on the meaning of the Constitution. The historical record presents an entirely different picture. A close and revealing reading of that record, from 1789 to the present day, Reconsidering Judicial Finality reminds us of the 'unalterable fact,' as Chief Justice Rehnquist once remarked, 'that our judicial  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Fisher
ISBN: 9780700628100 070062810X
OCLC Number: 1084632283
Description: xvii, 262 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Early claims of judicial finality --
Selections by Chief Justice Hughes --
Rights of Blacks --
Rights of women --
Regulating commerce --
The sole-organ doctrine --
Privacy rights --
Religious liberty --
Japanese-American cases --
State secrets privilege --
Legislative vetoes --
Campaign finance.
Responsibility: Louis Fisher.

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