The Supreme Court

In my continuing effort to make Carl Yirka proud, I picked up a book and started reading Jeffrey Toobin’s “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.” I’m about 1/3 through the book, and I’m starting to feel like Justice O’Connor is the tragic figure. She had an enormous rise as the first women on the Court and held the most power as the key swing vote on the Court, helping for example to preserve the ruling in Roe v. Wade. However, her rise to power and carefully crafted role as the pragmatic and political saavy power broker may be undone due to her decision to leave the Court she loved (while admirable to help her husband, it lead to a conservative shift on the Court), her over-eagerness along with four other justices to have the Court decide Bush v. Gore, and President Bush’s choice of her replacement, Sam Alito, who along with Justice Kennedy have the ability to rid constitutional law of O’Connor’s balancing tests and pragmatic jurisprudence. Toobin considers Kennedy to be somewhat of an egomaniac and perhaps that will keep Kennedy from ever fully joining his four more conservative brethren (Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito) so he can craft more moderate opinions that will garner more attention for himself as the key vote and allow scholars and the press to continue to call this “The Kennedy Court.”

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One Response to The Supreme Court

  1. Carl says:

    Jason:

    Thanks for the plug.

    Glad to see you are reading a _book_, especially during National Library Week! I am proud.

    best regards to all,

    Carl

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