The Rehnquist Court and the Constitution

The Rehnquist Court and the Constitution

Tinsley E. Yarbrough


In The Rehnquist courtroom and the Constitution, Tinsley Yarbrough presents a entire examine contemporary best court docket Justices and their record--a learn all of the extra important for the Court's combined judgements and hard-to-categorize path.
An complete biographer, Yarbrough bargains incisive pictures of the 9 who now take a seat at the excessive bench, and tellingly stories their nomination hearings. He additionally explores the workings of the court docket, starting from the choice and function of the clerks to the paintings load (including the end-of-term "June crunch") and project of critiques. however the center of the booklet is a scientific exploration of the Court's checklist in such fields as executive energy, fiscal rules, and felony justice. In choice after choice, the writer discusses many of the justices' reviews, arguments, and felony theories; he additionally bargains his personal research (including a pointy critique of the choice to permit the Paula Jones lawsuit to maneuver forward). Like many writers at the Rehnquist court docket, Yarbrough unearths a basic continuity with the previous, shaded by way of a conservative outlook (especially in concerns of felony justice and affirmative action), yet he identifies an important departure in its rulings on financial legislation. due to the fact that 1937, he writes, the perfect court docket had typically followed an expansive view of federal energy over monetary concerns; the Rehnquist court docket has reversed that trend.
The Rehnquist courtroom has no longer introduced an all-out attack at the Warren Court's precedents, as many conservatives was hoping, yet as Yarbrough indicates it has launched into very important new departures. considerate, wide-ranging, intelligently written, this publication will stand because the best examine of the Rehnquist courtroom for years to come.

Show sample text content

Download sample