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By Jr. Stuart Taylor,Neal Devins,Davison M. Douglas,David G. Savage,David Garrow,Dahlia Lithwick,Erwin Chemerinsky,Ramesh Ponnuru,Jeffrey Rosen,Carter Phillips,Tony Mauro

The usa ultimate Court’s 2002–03 time period confounded court docket watchers. an analogous Rehnquist court docket that many had visible as solidly conservative and unduly activist—the court docket that helped come to a decision the 2000 presidential election and struck down thirty-one federal statutes given that 1995—issued a suite of bizarre, watershed rulings. In a time period jam-packed with very important and unpredictable judgements, it upheld affirmative motion, invalidated a same-sex sodomy statute, and reversed a demise sentence because of useless suggestions of information. With essays considering person Justices, court docket practices, and a few of final year’s most crucial rulings, this quantity explores the which means and value of the Court’s 2002–03 time period. pro very best court docket advocates and reporters from The New Republic, The la Times, Newsweek, National Journal, Slate, and Legal occasions grapple with questions about the Rehnquist Court’s identification and the ideally suited Court’s function within the political lifetime of the country.

Some essays examine the position of “swing” Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy inside of a courtroom that divides 5–4 greater than the other staff of Justices within the nation’s historical past. Others learn the political response to and felony context of the Court’s Lawrence v. Texas decision mentioning a Texas legislation criminalizing gay sodomy unconstitutional. members learn the Court’s rulings on affirmative motion and think again its dedication to states’ rights. contemplating the Court’s practices, one suggest explores the use and software of amicus curiae, or “friend of the courtroom” briefs, whereas one other displays on symptoms of an elevated openness by means of the court docket to public scrutiny. advocates who argued instances sooner than the Court—one on the topic of hate speech and the opposite to a “three moves and you’re out” legal statute—offer brilliant bills in their reviews. meant for common readers, A yr on the perfect Court is for all those that are looking to comprehend the Rehnquist court docket and its momentous 2002–03 term.

Contributors
Erwin Chemerinsky
Neal Devins
Davison M. Douglas
David J. Garrow
Dahlia Lithwick
Tony Mauro
Carter Phillips
Ramesh Ponnuru
Jeffrey Rosen
David G. Savage
Rodney A. Smolla
Stuart Taylor Jr.

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