The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (Very by Linda Greenhouse

By Linda Greenhouse

For 30 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse chronicled the actions of the U.S. best courtroom and its justices as a correspondent for the recent York occasions. during this Very brief creation, she attracts on her deep wisdom of the court's heritage and of its written and unwritten ideas to teach readers how the very best court docket fairly works.

Greenhouse bargains a desirable institutional biography of a spot and its people--men and girls who workout nice energy yet whose names and faces are unrecognized through many american citizens and whose paintings usually appears to be like cloaked in secret. How do instances get to the very best courtroom? How do the justices cross approximately determining them? What precise function does the manager justice play? What do the legislations clerks do? How does the courtroom relate to the opposite branches of presidency? Greenhouse solutions those questions by way of depicting the justices as they confront deep constitutional matters or strive against with the that means of complicated federal statutes. all through, the writer examines many person excellent lawsuits to demonstrate issues lower than dialogue, starting from Marbury v. Madison, the seminal case which demonstrated judicial assessment, to the hot District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), which struck down the District of Columbia's gun-control statute and which used to be, strangely, the 1st time in its heritage that the court docket issued an authoritative interpretation of the second one modification. so as to add point of view, Greenhouse additionally compares the courtroom to overseas courts, revealing attention-grabbing changes. for example, no different nation on the earth has selected to bestow lifestyles tenure on its judges.

A marvelous assessment jam-packed with telling information, this quantity deals a matchless advent to at least one of the pillars of yankee government.


"[A] new extraordinary publication at the very best Court." --SCOTUSblog

"Linda Greenhouse has lengthy been essentially the most astute observers of the U.S. excellent courtroom and such a lot depended on translators of its mysteries and traditions. This stylish and concise advisor is worthy for newcomers and veteran court docket watchers alike. a great creation to the courtroom for college students and electorate of all ages." --Jeffrey Rosen, professor of legislations, George Washington college, and felony affairs editor, the hot Republic

"There is rarely someone within the state, open air the courtroom, who is aware the establishment and its practices in addition to Linda Greenhouse does."--Melvin I. Urofsky, writer of Louis D. Brandeis: A existence

"Greenhouse cogently illustrates the heritage, capabilities, composition and value of the splendid court docket. In a narrow quantity for you to actually hold round on your pocket, you'll find a wealth of knowledge." --Yale day-by-day News

"[A]n amuse-bouche of a e-book . . . brief, yet pithy. After completing this ebook, readers can be encouraged to soak up [Greenhouse's] implicit invitation to examine the court docket and its effect on shaping American legislation in a extra gigantic, meatier format." --Judicature

"For these drawn to how circumstances turn out to be heard via the courtroom, the method resulting in a choice and the Court's courting with the opposite branches of the government and the general public, this is often a good solution to begin." --Washington self reliant evaluate of Books

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In the Supreme Court he is but one of eight judges, each of whom has the same powers as himself. His judgment has no more weight, and his vote no more importance, than those of any of his brethren. He presides, and a good deal of extra labor is thrown upon him. ” Prior service on the Court is also useful preparation, although uncommon. Of the seventeen men who have served as chief justice, only four previously served as associate justices. Three— Rehnquist, Edward Douglass White, and Harlan Fiske Stone— received their promotions while they were sitting on the Court.

S. ) Other obstacles to Supreme Court review stem from federal law. For example, Congress has set strict deadlines for filing Supreme Court appeals. S. Supreme Court the most daunting obstacle of all: the justices’ freedom to say no. Unlike most appellate courts, which must act on all properly presented appeals, the Supreme Court has nearly complete control over its docket. Year in and year out, the justices agree to decide only about 1 percent of the cases that reach them. The Court hears appeals from the thirteen federal appeals courts, the high courts of the fifty states, and occasionally from other courts, including the highest court in the military justice system, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

On Thurgood Marshall’s retirement in 1991, his seat was filled by a second African American, Clarence Thomas. Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined O’Connor on the bench in 1993. The Court that convened on October 4, 2010, for the start of its new term included three women (Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan); one African American, Thomas; one Latina, Sotomayor; six Catholics; and three Jews. John Paul Stevens was the only Protestant on the Court when he retired in 2010. The nomination of the first Jewish justice, Louis D.

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