Greenhouse offers a fascinating institutional biography of a place and its people - men and women who exercise great power but whose names and faces are unrecognized by many Americans and whose work often appears cloaked in mystery. How do cases get to the Supreme Court? How do the justices go about deciding them? What special role does the chief justice play? What do the law clerks do? How does the court relate to the other branches of government? Greenhouse answers these questions by depicting the justices as they confront deep constitutional issues or wrestle with the meaning of confusing federal statutes. Throughout, the author examines many individual Supreme Court cases to illustrate points under discussion, ranging from Marbury v. Madison, the seminal case which established judicial review, to the recent District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), which struck down the District of Columbia's gun-control statute and which was, surprisingly, the first time in its history that the Court issued an authoritative interpretation of the Second Amendment. To add perspective, Greenhouse also compares the Court to foreign courts, revealing interesting differences. For instance, no other country in the world has chosen to bestow life tenure on its judges.
A superb overview packed with telling details, this volume offers a matchless introduction to one of the pillars of American government.
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By Marcus on 07-03-15
The Making of Judicial Branch
The judicial branch of government in the United States had a remarkable development. Linda Greenhouse introduces the reader to the Supreme Court, its formation, development and the role it performs in the public square. The Supreme Court's decisions shaped importants aspects of american life and gave to the Judiciary a crucial position, one of protagonism in the social arena. The book made insightful remarks about the composition of the Court, the way its members are choosed and the rules that governed its works. In this short work one has a valuable resource about the rule of the law in american democracy.
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