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By Jr. Stuart Taylor,Neal Devins,Davison M. Douglas,David G. Savage,David Garrow,Dahlia Lithwick,Erwin Chemerinsky,Ramesh Ponnuru,Jeffrey Rosen,Carter Phillips,Tony Mauro

The usa best Court’s 2002–03 time period confounded courtroom watchers. a similar Rehnquist courtroom that many had noticeable as solidly conservative and unduly activist—the courtroom that helped come to a decision the 2000 presidential election and struck down thirty-one federal statutes because 1995—issued a suite of unusual, watershed rulings. In a time period packed with very important and unpredictable judgements, it upheld affirmative motion, invalidated a same-sex sodomy statute, and reversed a dying sentence as a result of useless assistance of guidance. With essays eager about person Justices, courtroom practices, and a few of final year’s most vital rulings, this quantity explores the which means and value of the Court’s 2002–03 time period. pro excellent courtroom advocates and reporters from The New Republic, The l. a. Times, Newsweek, National Journal, Slate, and Legal occasions grapple with questions about the Rehnquist Court’s identification and the ideally suited Court’s position within the political lifetime of the country.

Some essays give some thought to the position of “swing” Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy inside of a courtroom that divides 5–4 greater than the other workforce of Justices within the nation’s historical past. Others research the political response to and felony context of the Court’s Lawrence v. Texas decision mentioning a Texas legislation criminalizing gay sodomy unconstitutional. individuals research the Court’s rulings on affirmative motion and re-examine its dedication to states’ rights. contemplating the Court’s practices, one recommend explores the use and application of amicus curiae, or “friend of the court docket” briefs, whereas one other displays on symptoms of an elevated openness via the courtroom to public scrutiny. advocates who argued situations prior to the Court—one on the topic of hate speech and the opposite to a “three moves and you’re out” legal statute—offer shiny money owed in their stories. meant for normal readers, A 12 months on the superb Court is for all those that are looking to comprehend the Rehnquist courtroom and its momentous 2002–03 term.

Contributors
Erwin Chemerinsky
Neal Devins
Davison M. Douglas
David J. Garrow
Dahlia Lithwick
Tony Mauro
Carter Phillips
Ramesh Ponnuru
Jeffrey Rosen
David G. Savage
Rodney A. Smolla
Stuart Taylor Jr.

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