Some essays consider the role of âswingâ Justices Sandra Day OâConnor and Anthony Kennedy within a Court that divides 5â4 more than any other group of Justices in the nationâs history. Others examine the political reaction to and legal context of the Courtâs Lawrence v. Texas decision declaring a Texas law criminalizing homosexual sodomy unconstitutional. Contributors analyze the Courtâs rulings on affirmative action and reassess its commitment to statesâ rights. Considering the Courtâs practices, one advocate explores the use and utility of amicus curiae, or âfriend of the courtâ briefs, while another reflects on indications of an increased openness by the Court to public scrutiny. Two advocates who argued cases before the Courtâone related to hate speech and the other to a âthree strikes and youâre outâ criminal statuteâoffer vivid accounts of their experiences. Intended for general readers, A Year at the Supreme Court is for all those who want to understand the Rehnquist Court and its momentous 2002â03 term.
Davison M. Douglas
David J. Garrow
David G. Savage
Rodney A. Smolla
Stuart Taylor Jr.
About: The meaning and significance of the Supreme Court's 2002-2003 term are explored in a collection of essays that focuses on individual justices, court practices, and some of the most important rulings during the term.
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