9780805099096

Uncertain Justice The Roberts Court and the Constitution

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805099096

  • ISBN10:

    0805099093

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/3/2014
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Summary

With the Supreme Court more influential than ever, this eye-opening book tells the story of how the Roberts Court is shaking the foundation of our nation's laws

From Citizens United to its momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Yet the court remains a mysterious institution, and the motivations of the nine men and women who serve for life are often obscure. Now, in Uncertain Justice, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz show the surprising extent to which the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution.

This essential book arrives at a make-or-break moment for the nation and the court. Political gridlock, cultural change, and technological progress mean that the court's decisions on key topics—including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power—could be uniquely durable. Acutely aware of their opportunity, the justices are rewriting critical aspects of constitutional law and redrawing the ground rules of American government. Tribe—one of the country's leading constitutional lawyers—and Matz dig deeply into the court's recent rulings, stepping beyond tired debates over judicial "activism" to draw out hidden meanings and silent battles. The undercurrents they reveal suggest a strikingly different vision for the future of our country, one that is sure to be hotly debated.

Filled with original insights and compelling human stories, Uncertain Justice illuminates the most colorful story of all—how the Supreme Court and the Constitution frame the way we live.

Author Biography

Laurence Tribe has taught constitutional law at Harvard for four decades and written widely about the law—including the most frequently cited treatise on the U.S. Constitution. He has argued dozens of cases at the Supreme Court, including the first argument in Bush v. Gore. Joshua Matz, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a frequent contributor to SCOTUSblog, is a clerk for a federal judge in Los Angeles. Together, Tribe and Matz taught an acclaimed course at Harvard about the Supreme Court and the Constitution. Tribe lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Matz lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Uncertain Justice            1
1. Equality: Are We There Yet?            15
2. Health Care: Liberty on the Line            52
3. Campaign Finance: Follow the Money            88
4. Freedom of Speech: Sex, Lies, and Video Games            121
5. Gun Rights: Armed and Dangerous            154
6. Presidential Power: Hail to the Chief            185
7. Privacy: What Have You Got to Hide?            219
8. Rights for Sale: Discounting the Constitution            253
9. Making Rights Real: Access to Justice            282
Epilogue: The Court and the Constitution            315
Notes            321
Acknowledgments            379
Index            383

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