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41. In memoriam, George Proctor Wanty,
42. Letters to the (Trying to be)
43. Defrauding America: Encyclopedia
44. Terrorism Against America: External
45. Sarah we got your back, Coup d'etat
46. Outline of U.S. Government
47. The Next 25 Years: The New Supreme
48. Explaining the New America in
49. Why Hasn't There Been a New Constitutional
50. Overruling Democracy
51. Cato Supreme Court Review 2007-2008
52. The Common Law (Legal Legends
53. The Rehnquist Court and the Constitution
54. Overruled?: Legislative Overrides,
55. Cato Supreme Court Review, 2006-2007
56. Hugo L. Black: Cold Steel Warrior
57. Strategy on the United States
58. Disrobed:The New Battle Plan to
59. Restoring the Balance: War Powers
60. Gov. Jerry Brown's Destruction

41. In memoriam, George Proctor Wanty, March 12th, 1856; July 9th, 1906
by Anonymous
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-08-16)
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Asin: B002LSHT12
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42. Letters to the (Trying to be) President ((9/9/08 to 1/27/10))
by Turnin A. Hausround
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-06-26)
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Asin: B003U4WVBO
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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What the reader will find in this book is the one thing they always desire, but rarely achieve: Truth and Transparency!! It takes you to the heart of the 2008 Presidential election with such sudden clarity that it takes your breath away.It cuts through the Oratory, the Posturing, the Hubris, the Propaganda, the Subterfuse, the Positioning of our times with a knife that cuts so urgently to the hidden meanings that it is often painful to read about and re-live those 8 horrible BLACK HOLE years. This is an Absulute MUST READ NOW!! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read. Cuts clear through the contentious election to the real issues
This book clearly exposes every argument and falacy that they use to trick you to believe that all the damage done to you, that they caused, was not their fault. After reading this book you will understand the reasons, the subterfuse and the methods to prevent further damage. Get a life (back), read the book Now and save the Nation!! ... Read more

43. Defrauding America: Encyclopedia of Secret Operations by the CIA, DEA, and Other Covert Agencies, Vol. Two
by Rodney Stich
Kindle Edition: Pages (2008-05-01)
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Asin: B0019LV70G
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Defrauding America is a literal college course on America's covert activities, the fourth editiion, now in two volumes. Written by former federal agent Rodney Stich in collaboration with several deep-cover agents that acted in covert activities since the formation of the CIA. ... Read more

44. Terrorism Against America: External & Internal Terrorists
by Rodney Stich
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-07-24)
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Asin: B003X95MOO
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Written by an insider and his group of other former government agents, the book details the harm inflicted by foreign terrorists and the sometimes worst harm inflicted by people within the United States in and out of government--but primarily within government. ... Read more

45. Sarah we got your back, Coup d'etat in the USA, Vol-1 of 12
by Jack Murphy
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-05-24)
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Asin: B003NUQQQQ
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This book is all about support for Team Sarah, who in return supports Sarah. It’s a win, win situation. Portion of the proceeds go to Team Sarah as well.

Within the series, “Sarah We Got Your Back’ of twelve volumes,one every ninety days. Each volume will have a different sub-title. It’s a good way to follow Sarah in her everyday crusades. What she it talking about. What she is doing to make a better America.

Volume One, Coup d’etat in the USA, explains what may happen to our country, due to the decision of our supreme court. How corporations can now use as much money as they please for elections.

It’s also about the jobs in our country, and where they went and how. I also have a portion of the book regarding, Sarah’s book signing and her post.
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46. Outline of U.S. Government
by U.S. Department of State
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-10-29)
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47. The Next 25 Years: The New Supreme Court and What It Means for Americans, Revised and Updated
by Martin Garbus
Kindle Edition: 256 Pages (2007-02-01)
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Asin: B001O9BQZY
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In The Next 25 Years, renowned First Amendment lawyer Martin Garbus, looks to the changing of the guard in the country’s highest court, presciently examining its impact on the future of our Republic. Drawing upon extensive knowledge of Constitutional law and legal precedents, Garbus, one of our most astute legal historians, defrocks the Bush administration’s grip over the judiciary as an extension of its own executive powers.

Looking to the gains of the New Deal and the civil rights era that ushered in a wave of social protections, expanding civil liberty and redressing legal inequalities that were first struck down with the Reconstruction Amendments, Garbus warns of the threat of an incoming “textualist” bench that wishes to roll back more than a century’s worth of hard-won reforms.

As the end of the Rehnquist court draws near and upon the announcement of John Roberts as new Supreme Court Justice, Garbus presents a clear-eyed first account of how the coming bench may imperil the “living constitution” and endanger the liberties of a generation.

Named by Time magazine as “legendary…one of the best trial lawyers in the country,” Martin Garbus has appeared before the United States Supreme Court and the highest courts throughout the nation. Newsweek, National Law Journal, and others cite Garbus as “America’s most prominent First Amendment lawyer.”

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5-0 out of 5 stars Garbus continues Darrow's tradition!
Attorney Martin Garbus, in the social tradition of Clarence Darrow, has laid out in concise but stark terms the damage that the now-dominant, right-wing ideologue Supreme Court justices have done to constitutional and human rights.He forecasts that if their 5-4 past decisions are prologue, then the future for the next 25 years is not bright for those who believe that no one is above the law.

This book is must reading for anyone who is concerned about fairness and compassion in the meting out of justice by the federal judiciary.It is an easy-to-read constitutional history of the most significant cases and their effects on Americans.

There are a few errors that should have been caught during the review and editing.For example, on page 56, the name of Richard Mellon Scaife is given as Richard Scaife Mellon, and on pages 110-111, the date of Baker v. Carr is incorrectly listed as 1959, rather than the correct date of 1962.It is correct in note 42.And a final example will suffice.On page 132, Justice Byron White is incorrectly identified as his 19th century predecessor Justice Edward White.However, these errors do not detract from Mr. Garbus' cogent insight and call to action of all who believe, as he does, that "We need justice now[!]"

On a personal note, as a Louisiana native and student of its history, I was aware of the Colfax, LA, riot and murders of April 13, 1873.However, I was not familiar with United States v. Cruikshank (1876) that arose from the attempted criminal prosecution of the Colfax murderer s (p. 90).And I was certainly not aware that Justices Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, and O'Connor had resurrected this Reconstruction-era bias as a precedent in Morrison v. United States to rule on May 15, 2000, that "Congress had no power to punish private violence motivated by gender" (p. 90).Another pernicious Louisiana case, Plessy v. Ferguson (May 18, 1896), has been cited by the Rehnquist and Roberts courts to "provide the basis of future decisions on issues ranging from abortion to civil liberties to race and gender persecution" (p. 70).Plessy v. Ferguson is the Supreme Court case sanctioning segregation in which the Court ruled that "separate but equal" facilities were constitutional.Plessy was not overturned until Brown v. Topeka Board of Education in 1954.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tells you what's going on...
With the recently re-aligned Supreme Court, I wanted to know what is going on and what could happen to our legal system. This book gives it to you in clear language with a high level of depth and detail. Trial lawyer Martin Garbus, who has appeared before the Supreme Court many times, explains the sweeping changes that can be handed down from the Court and just might shake the foundations of this country. It's a really good read, and I'm glad I picked it up.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Analysis of the Future of the Supreme court
In 2000, when the Supreme Court crowned George W. Bush President of the United States, friends of mine argued that Bush would be a one term President and would create little damage to our foreign policy, or to any of our institutions. They were wrong on all counts. In his book, The Next 25 Years:The New Supreme Court and What It Means for Americans, Martin Garbus outlines just how deep and long term the effect of Bush' s Supreme Court appointments will be for our country. With the appointments of Samuel Alito and John Roberts, the court has moved seriously to the right rejecting precedent and chipping away at some of the court's most important rulings regarding privacy, religion and states' rights. Garbus outlines recent court decisions taking the reader through the conservative arguments. He demonstrates how these decisions are part of a conservative plan implemented by the Bush administration's court appointees which will undo major liberal decisions since the Warren court.His analysis is alarming and should be read by everyone who is concerned about the future of our democracy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Supreme Court Book Yet

This is a wonderful book.Like his previous book, "Courting Disaster," Martin Garbus tells what really happens in the Supreme Court.He also describes the Court from a political viewpoint and goes through each of the court subjects and shows how each judge comes out.It's detailed, knowledgable and a pleasure to read.I'm not a lawyer, and I loved it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, hard-hitting attack on today's right-wing court
It is hard not to be frightened by Martin Garbus' new book. I've been a fan of the legendary Garbuis since his early books (TOUGH TALK and TRAITORS AND HEROES), which covered his swashbuckling career as one of the nation's pre-eminent first amendment lawyers. His clients -- from Lenny Bruce to Vaclac Havel to Spike Lee -- are a list of the powerful and important, and Garbus' work defending them is fascinating.But this book is something different.

Instead of revisiting past cases, Garbus looks to the future -- specifically, what the next quarter century holds for America given the makeup of the incredibly conversative Roberts court. Given the ages of the most conservative members -- Scalia, Roberts, Alito and Thomas -- these guys will be around and voting as a bloc for a long time to come. If you think the Rehnquist years were bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet.What Garbus sees happening as a result is very upsetting -- nothing less than a conservative revolution to undo every progressive decision on the Supreme Court since the New Deal. No more reguolatory laws controlling Wall Street, no more environmental regulation, no more protection for workers and minorities, no more protection for abortion (though this will not be attacked directly), no govrenment agencies regulating American business, nothing whatsoever to balance the private sector run amok and the evils of prejudice and discrimination.

It's a nightmare vision, but it's no nightmare -- it's all to real. And Garbus elucidates the developments, and the history bhind them, in a clear, simple and dramatic way. If you want to know what's going to happen on the Supreme Court -- and therefore in all of our lives -- in the next 25 years, this book will show you the very scary truth. Take it as a call to action. and make sure we don't let any more conservatives on the court for a long time to come! ... Read more

48. Explaining the New America in Plain English
by Bill Pirkle
 Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-05-12)
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This book is recent American history for ordinary people. It addresses and explains 29 facets of American government and society. It is for those who are confused about the current state of affairs and who wonder how we got to this point. It is written from the conservative point of view. ... Read more

49. Why Hasn't There Been a New Constitutional Convention (And information every American should know)
by William Trower
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-06-01)
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Change is indeed in the air. There are many things that need changed in our country and some of them are changes that “we the people” would like to see but we are opposed by “they the congress”. The only way to change this is with a Constitutional Amendment.For instance, “we the people” have expressed loudly and clearly that there should be a balanced budget. “They the Congress” block us at every turn. How can we change that? It can be done through a Constitutional Convention.

It should be simple right? The Constitution itself allows for change.
However, through means not altogether upright, Congress has blocked the process over and over.

How can this happen and what should we do about it?This book will help us understand how this has happened, and why it needs to change.

With knowledge comes the possibility of change... ... Read more

50. Overruling Democracy
by Jamin B.Raskin
Kindle Edition: 312 Pages (2007-03-20)
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Asin: B000OT8C8E
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The Supreme Court has recently issued decisions announcing that citizens have neither a constitutional right to vote, nor the right to an education.Conservative judges have continually disavowed claims to any rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution. In Overruling Democracy, celebrated law professor Jamin B. Raskin, argues that we need to develop a whole new set of rights, through amendments or court decisions, that revitalize and protect the democracy of everyday life. Detailing specific cases through interesting narratives, Overruling Democracy describes the transgressions of the Supreme Court against the Constitution and the people - and the faulty reasoning behind them - and lays out the plan for the best way to back a more democratic system.

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4-0 out of 5 stars uneven, but some good stuff even for conservatives
A set of essays that try to improve on the liberal mantra of trusting the courts to expand rights.Some essays are preaching to the converted- that is, they are unlikely to persuade anybody to the right of Raskin.But there are some essays I really liked.

I especially liked Chapters 5 and 6 (in which Raskin shows how government has impaired democracy by keeping third parties off the ballot and out of debates, and criticizes judicial deference to the two-party duopoly) and Chapter 9 (in which he criticizes attempts to amend the Constitution to prohibit flag-burning, pointing out (a) that an anti-desecration law might actually encourage people to burn flags to get publicity, and (b) that an anti-desceration law that allows nonpolitical destruction of used flags but outlaws flag burning by political extremists is essentially thought control, in that it would prohibit flag burning only by people with political messages to convey).

Other chapters are much more touchy-feely.For example, in Chapter 7, Raskin defends school busing on the grounds that racially integrated schools make society more "democratic"- but parents hardly feel like part of a democracy if unelected judges are telling their children where to go to school.Raskin proposes an amendment providing: "All children in the United States have a right to receive an equal public education for democratic citizenship." But the uncertainty of the concept of "equality" would give judges carte blanche to dictate virtually any concievable policy.

"Democracy" is a vague concept; some people see democracy as majority rule, others see democracy as at least partially about liberty or equality.On issues dealing purely with the former, Raskin's book is excellent.On issues dealing with possible conflicts between these meanings of democracy, Raskin understandably has more difficulty.

5-0 out of 5 stars Supreme Courts Eroding of Our Constitutional Rights
Raskin does an excellent job in showing how the Supreme Court has slowly eroded our individual rights guarenteed under the Constitution of the United States.It is frightening that most people don't even realize what is actually going on in our government.The only flaw in Raskins book is that he doesn't show how the average citizen can get involved in stopping this erosion of our Constitution or to get involved with his idea of Constituional Convention to change and improve this great document.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, As Usual
Jamin Raskin is one of the most brilliant constitutional scholars of our time.His arguments are as bullet-proof as they are engaging.It's a must read for anyone interested in the Supreme Court.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful, high-octane liberal manifesto
This book is extremely useful ammunition for all of us who argue with smug right-wingers.Raskin gets down to the nitty-gritty of what happened in Florida, and what's been happening for 30 years on the Supreme Court.Get this guy on the Supreme Court, already! ... Read more

51. Cato Supreme Court Review 2007-2008
by Ilya Shapiro
Kindle Edition: 250 Pages (2008-10-25)
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Now in its seventh year, this acclaimed annual publication, which comes out every September, brings together leading national scholars to analyze the Supreme Court's most important decisions from the term just ended and preview the year ahead. Cases critiqued in the 2007-08 edition include major Court decisions on the Second Amendment, the rights of enemy combatant detainees in Guantanamo and Iraq, the applicability of international law in state criminal proceedings, the regulation of political parties, and the biggest cases in decades in the areas of securities, patent, and energy law. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An annual critique of the Court's most important decisions from the last term
Contributors to Cato's seventh volume of the Cato Supreme Court Review, an annual critique of the Court's most important decisions from the last term, provide basic political, social and legal analysis key to any college-level collection strong in legal or political studies. From challenges to Constitutional amendments to big business issues in the Supreme Court decision-making process, these articles survey some of the most important decisions of our times.
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52. The Common Law (Legal Legends Series)
by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-08-24)
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Quality new Kindle edition of this original and influential 1881 classic of law and legal history--still very relevant today. Featuring linked footnotes, active contents, original index, and hyper-accurate rendition of the author's text and notes. Includes a new, explanatory Foreword by Steven Alan Childress, a law professor at Tulane. Also features rare photographs not included in other ebooks, such as the admission ticket and program to the 1880 Lowell Lectures in Boston on which Holmes based his famous book.

Not just scanned and forgotten, and passed off as Holmes's words when they are not (or skip whole chunks through scanning error), Quid Pro's editions of this masterpiece are unlike any other—sold or free, ebook or online. Part of the Legal Legends Series, and interesting to students of history, political science, and law. Also available in an affordable paperback version (with the same cover), which includes the images and new Foreword.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was an innovative and influential thinker famous for this book before he became a Justice on Massachusetts' highest court and later a legendary U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Known as the Great Dissenter, his opinions won the day in history--adopted decades after his death. Their ideas are seen in this book and explained in the Foreword.

Steven Alan Childress is the Conrad Meyer III Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and coauthor of the three-volume treatise, Federal Standards of Review (LexisNexis, 4th ed. 2010). He earned his law degree from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Berkeley in Jurisprudence & Social Policy. He coedits The Legal Profession Blog. He has also written a version of The Common Law with extensive explanatory notes and updates, entitled The Annotated Common Law, and it is available in print and ebook editions. ... Read more

53. The Rehnquist Court and the Constitution
by Tinsley E. Yarbrough
Kindle Edition: 320 Pages (2000-03-30)
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In The Rehnquist Court and the Constitution, Tinsley Yarbrough provides a comprehensive look at today's Supreme Court Justices and their record--a study all the more valuable for the Court's mixed decisions and hard-to-categorize course.

An accomplished biographer, Yarbrough offers incisive portraits of the nine who now sit on the high bench, and tellingly reviews their nomination hearings. He also explores the workings of the Court, ranging from the selection and role of the clerks to the work load (including the end-of-term "June crunch") and assignment of opinions. But the heart of the book is a systematic exploration of the Court's record in such fields as government power, economic regulation, and criminal justice. In decision after decision, the author discusses the various justices' opinions, arguments, and legal theories; he also offers his own analysis (including a sharp critique of the decision to allow the Paula Jones lawsuit to move forward). Like many writers on the Rehnquist Court, Yarbrough finds a general continuity with the past, shaded by a conservative outlook (especially in matters of criminal justice and affirmative action), but he identifies a significant departure in its rulings on economic regulation. Since 1937, he writes, the Supreme Court had generally adopted an expansive view of federal power over economic matters; the Rehnquist Court has reversed that trend.

The Rehnquist Court has not launched an all-out assault on the Warren Court's precedents, as many conservatives hoped,but as Yarbrough shows it has embarked on important new departures. Thoughtful, wide-ranging, intelligently written, this book will stand as the finest study of the Rehnquist Court for years to come. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
In this work Tinsley Yarbrough seeks to summarize the work of the Rehnquist Court (up until 2000) concerning the seven dominate issues of constitutional adjudication. Yarbrough examines subjects such as governmental power, freedom of expression and religion, criminal justice, and unenumerated rights. Begining with a description of the appointments of the justices who conservatives hoped would finally kill the last remnants of the liberal Warren Court era, Yarbrough examines each of the most important issues and concludes that the Rehnquist Court has failed, at least generally, to achieve this hope. Instead, it has walked something of a more moderate role, sometimes limiting precedent but often reaffirming the core principles of the liberal activism of old.

The work is good but it should not be your first introduction to the Supreme Court. It is densely packed with information and is probably best for a reference work to use when you reach a new area of coursework. My biggest problem with Yarbrough's work here is that it is great at synthesizing the many cases of the Rehnquist era but it is light on meaningful analysis and criticism of those cases. Description only goes so far and I think the book would have benefited from a stronger analytical view of the 14 years (then) of the Rehnquist Court.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book
i think if you go through this book you would realise justice is not blind but very racialy prejudiced i would prefer straight shooter brilliant jusice scalia,excellent book

2-0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate addition to Yarbrough's resume
Mr. Yarbrough has a fine reputation as a leading judicial biographer: his previous works on Hugo Black, and the two Justices Harlan were impressive, detailed and interesting.With "The Rehnquist Court" he pumps out a minor achievement and a heavily slanted analysis of recent Constitutional decisions.There's no denying the hostility toward conservative/strict-constructionist judges and viewpoints and this, as a previous poster noted, deeply taints the work overall.In addition, Yarbrough's style (which has always tended to the dry and tedious) is here especially mind-numbing: the interesting constitutional issues under debate are hidden amongst irrelevant facts and long-winded prose.As a whole, I found the book very disappointing and the steep price tag wholly unwarranted.

3-0 out of 5 stars Subliminally Biased, but well researched
In terms of informational content and comprehensiveness, this text isquite good.Yarbrough cites many sources and gives the essence of most ofthe opinions on the cases he covers. That is to say that a given case mayhave three or four opinions, as justices can agree on the same verdict fordifferent reasons, and Yarbrough does a fine job of explaining each on mostof the decisions covered. My huge qualm with the work is the simple factthat Yarbrough commits one of the biggest sins possible in scholarly work:he sharply biases his work without seeming to.His language is subtlybiased, and an unwary reader could easily be manipulated.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written peek behind the Supreme Court bench
The Rehnquist Court and the Constitution is not light reading, but for those who are interested in the high court, it is good reading.Yarbrough provides a concise examination of each Justice, including his or herbackground, confirmation hearing, and the political climate of thathearing.He captures the essence of each Justice as both jurist and humanbeing.He then allows the reader to infer the interaction of thosephilosophies, personalities and egos on the direction that he perceives forsignificant constitutional issues.He does this without much, if any,editorial comment, though at times his own constitutional philosophyappears to peek out just a bit.Although this book is a bit heavy foranyone other than a constitutional scholar, it is well worth reading.Anystudent, teacher, judge, lawyer or just plain "court watcher"will appreciate this glimpse into the most secret and perhaps most powerfulbranch of our government. ... Read more

54. Overruled?: Legislative Overrides, Pluralism, and Contemporary Court-Congress Relations
by Jeb Barnes
Kindle Edition: 232 Pages (2004-02-25)
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Since the mid-1970s, Congress has passed hundreds of overrides—laws that explicitly seek to reverse or modify judicial interpretations of statutes. Whether front-page news or not, overrides serve potentially vital functions in American policy-making. Federal statutes—and court cases interpreting them—often require revision. Some are ambiguous, some conflict, and others are obsolete. Under these circumstances, overrides promise Congress a means to repair flawed statutes, reconcile discordant court decisions, and reverse errant judicial interpretations. Overrides also allow dissatisfied litigants to revisit issues and raise concerns in Congress that courts have overlooked.

Of course, promising is one thing and delivering is quite another. Accordingly, this book asks: Do overrides, in fact, effectively clarify the law, reverse objectionable judicial statutory interpretations, and broaden deliberation on contested issues? The answers provide new insights into the complex role of overrides in U.S. policy-making and in the politics of contemporary court-Congress relations. ... Read more

55. Cato Supreme Court Review, 2006-2007
by Mark Moller
Kindle Edition: 250 Pages (2007-10-25)
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Once again, the Cato Supreme Court Review will analyze the most notable cases from the most recent term. ... Read more

56. Hugo L. Black: Cold Steel Warrior
by Howard Ball
Kindle Edition: 328 Pages (1996-09-12)
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During his thirty-four year tenure as a Justice of the Supreme Court, Hugo L. Black demonstrated, in the words of one of his colleagues, "a true passion for the Constitution." At a moment's notice, in front of visiting students or a clutch of legal dignitaries, the Judge would whip his tattered copy of the Constitution from his coat pocket, flip through it to a particular passage and then, in a high voice, read the passage con vivace. And though Black began his political career in Alabama as the candidate of the Ku Klux Klan--with their help in 1926 he became a U.S. Senator--thirty years later, he would argue forcefully for an end to segregation in the South.

In Hugo L. Black: Cold Steel Warrior, distinguished writer Howard Ball draws from Black's extensive files in the Library of Congress and on interviews with his colleagues on the Court, his law clerks, and his family to illuminate the enigmatic career of a man who became one of the twentieth century's most vigilant defenders of freedoms and liberty. Ball's examination of Black's life reveals a consummate politician who kept, in a safe beside his desk, the names, addresses, and backgrounds of all those who gave Black support from the time he ran for the county solicitor's job in Jefferson County, Alabama, through his two terms as a U.S. Senator. A fervent New Deal advocate, Black lent his support to F.D.R.'s court packing plan, and was one of the few who stood with the President until the measure's defeat in 1937. Less than one month later, F.D.R. rewarded Black by nominating him to the Supreme Court. Soon after Black's confirmation by the Senate, the story of his Klan membership spread across the nation, prompting Time magazine to write that "Hugo won't have to buy a robe, he can dye his white one black." One of Black's early opinions for the Court, however, changed most of the negative opinion about him. Writing for the majority in Chambers v. Florida, Black and his colleagues overturned charges against four African-American men unjustly accused of murder.

In addition to Black's political and judicial career, Ball captures some of the great legal minds at work--Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall, Felix Frankfurter, William O. Douglas, John M. Harlan II, and William J. Brennan--and their encounters with the tough Justice who was an immovable force when engaged in a constitutional battle. From Brown v. Board of Education and the first tests of the power of the federal courts to implement the Brown decision, to the height of McCarthyism and the national hysteria about Communism, to New York Times v. United States, the famous Pentagon Papers case in 1971 (Black's last opinion for the Court which defended a newspaper's First Amendment rights), Black emerges as a staunch defender of federalism and the primacy of the First Amendment, a strict, literal interpreter of the Constitution, and always proud to be a member of the Supreme Court.

Throughout his life, Hugo Black's cockiness, sternness, and stubborn determination won him many critics. On every occasion, as Howard Ball shows, Black proved his critics wrong. He became a major presence in the Senate and one of the great Justices ever to sit on the Supreme Court. ... Read more

57. Strategy on the United States Supreme Court
by Saul Brenner, Joseph M. Whitmeyer
Kindle Edition: 208 Pages (2009-02-16)
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To what extent do the justices on the Supreme Court behave strategically? In Strategy on the United States Supreme Court, Saul Brenner and Joseph M. Whitmeyer investigate the answers to this question and reveal that justices are substantially less strategic than many Supreme Court scholars believe. By examining the research to date on each of the justice's important activities, Brenner and Whitmeyer's work shows that the justices often do not cast their certiorari votes in accord with the outcome-prediction strategy, that the other members of the conference coalition bargain successfully with the majority opinion writer in less than 6 percent of the situations, and that most of the fluidity in voting on the Court is nonstrategic. This work is essential to understanding how strategic behavior - or its absence - influences the decisions of the Supreme Court and, as a result, American politics and society. ... Read more

58. Disrobed:The New Battle Plan to Break the Left's Stranglehold on the Courts
by Mark W. Smith
Kindle Edition: 272 Pages (2006-06-13)
list price: US$14.95
Asin: B000GCFWBE
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Forget everything you think you know about the courts—and arm yourselves with this brand-new, urgently needed battle plan to defeat the Left’s legal assault on America.

How to Bring the Reagan Revolution to America's Courts . . . FINALLY

With the Harriet Miers fiasco a distant memory and John Roberts and Samuel Alito sitting on the Supreme Court, conservatives can finally stop worrying about the courts, right?

Wrong. Dead wrong.

America’s courts, legal culture, and law schools remain solidly in the Left’s camp. Decades of liberal legal precedents fill volumes of law tomes. Absent a sweeping change—precisely what bestselling author Mark W. Smith calls for in Disrobed—liberals will ruthlessly exploit their dominant position in the law to continue advancing their radical agenda, as they have for the past seventy years.

Smith, a nationally recognized attorney, lays out an aggressive new battle plan to thwart the liberal assault on America by turning the courts into allies of the conservative movement. Be warned, Disrobed is not for the fainthearted. Smith implores conservatives: Toss out practically everything you think you know about courts, judges, and American law—because it’s naive, anachronistic, and self-defeating.

Fearlessly challenging the conventional conservative wisdom, Disrobed reveals:

• Why conservatives must immediately embrace—not decry—judicial activism

• A bold new model for finding strong conservative judges—behold the “Judicial Reagan”

• Why litmus tests, so often vilified, represent the only way to pick reliable conservative judges

• How to get sitting judges to “evolve” (finally!) to the right

• How the Right can sue more to advance the conservative agenda—on guns, taxes, immigration, the right to life, you name it

• How conservatives can turn liberals’ favorite court rulings against them

• The hard truth that who wins in the courts often depends more on politics and ideology than on the rule of law

Smith reminds us that courts, judges, and lawyers need not be enemies of the Right, and can even serve as valuable allies in the war against liberalism. But as his groundbreaking book shows, conservatives must force this change by taking swift action. Disrobed issues a call to arms to all conservatives, revealing that the courts are far too important to be left to the devices of academics, lawyers, and politicians.

“Conservatives,” Smith writes, “must accept—and adapt our strategies to—the reality of the modern law, even when the truth is uncomfortable. Otherwise the conservative political agenda and the American way of life will keep getting destroyed—legal case by legal case—in the courts.”

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Battle Plan for Conservative Victory
The author isn't likely to have made many friends with this book, but I found it to be a resounding call to arms which shouldn't be ignored.

Clearly written for Republicans and conservatives, moderates and apologists will likely find this book quite distasteful.What the author does is sound a wake-up call and implores us (the readers) to stop ignoring the left and start duplicating their success using their own tactics.

The game plan calls for Republicans to start using the courts to push back the liberal agenda even though the right usually stands for rule of law and a strong belief in the Constitution as written.His argument makes sense.If liberals fault us for using their own judicial judgments against them they look like complete hypocrites.If we are successful we can eventually regain enough of a stronghold to pass judgments (or laws that won't be overturned by the courts) that will more closely align with our base beliefs.In fact, win enough court cases and the liberals will likely look to pass these laws on their own to help "level the playing field."It's a win/win for us.

I only wish we had representatives and supporters strong enough and brave enough to begin enacting the authors blueprint.Who knows, maybe now with the Tea Party becoming stronger that's exactly what will happen...

4-0 out of 5 stars A whole new view of the courts
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in law, the constitution, or the courts and how they affect society.

This presents a very interesting view of the courts and how they shape, and are shaped by, society.Whether you agree with his aims or not, it's an interesting read and presents an interesting legal strategy that conservatives could employ. Particularly interesting were how many of the social issues of the day evolved to where they're at now by a long-standing liberal plan of action and how lawsuits are frequently used with no hope of winning, but with every intention of strategic gain.

I think he could have made his (very good) points in slightly shorter order -- a couple of times I feared that I had lost my place.The readability/believability also suffers a bit since he highlights the impacts of the 2005-2006 political landscape and that has changed significantly.

A worthwhile read.

3-0 out of 5 stars If you can't beat them join them.
The book is interesting.However, I am one of those conservatives who believe in the constitution.I am all for states making decisions on a democratic basis on most issues.I loathe the way liberal justices have imposed liberal policy on us by fiat.Conservatives win elections and Republican Presidents must not compromise on their judicial selections.I believe that there is hope to restore the Judiciary to its rightful roll through judical restraint.

4-0 out of 5 stars Uncovered
It has been clear for years that the primary tool of the left has been to control the courts and to achieve results that the Democrat Party has neither the courage nor the votes to achieve in the Congress.This is a rich endictment of the folly that is called justice today and how dangerously close we are to losing our republic to an oligarchy composed of elitists that sit on the bench and have little regard for the Constitution that is supposed to limit their authority and provide direction to our courts.

1-0 out of 5 stars Proceeds from a false premise
Mark Smith argues in his book that something is wrong with the judicial system because it's not more conservative, but like most conservatives, his arguments are easily rebutted by anyone with a fourth-grader's understanding of logic.

The purpose of the judical branch is to decide and clarify the law, not to make policy. Judicial activism is wrong, period, although Smith sees nothing wrong with it as long as it reduces the rights of those he disagrees with, or advances conservative beliefs, whether or not they are constitutional.

The reason conservatives lose the judiciary, and have now lost Congress, is the same reason they will lose the 2008 election: the majority of America is liberal, not conservative. Conservatives wish it weren't so, and love to complain about it. They even accuse liberals of not supporting the Constitution, which is in fact exactly what conservatives do time and again with the Patriot Act, warrantless NSA spying, and starting optional wars with manufactured intelligence to reward their corrupt campaign donors.

What Smith should really do is to write a book on what traitors conservatives are, and how they should be ejected from this great liberal nation until they can learn that their rights end where the rest of ours begin.

Don't waste your money on this trash, you can get the same drivel for free by listening to Druggie Limbaugh. ... Read more

59. Restoring the Balance: War Powers in an Age of Terror
by Seth Weinberger
Kindle Edition: 224 Pages (2009-08-30)
list price: US$39.95
Asin: B002USB338
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Since 9/11, one of the most dominant issues in American politics has been: what exactly is a war on terror and who is in charge of it? Previous books on this topic have fallen off the horse on either side: on the right, making military actions under the Bush administration equal to previous declared wars and ceding too much war-making power to the presidency or on the left, requiring congressional approval for any national security steps at all, contradicting much of American historical precedent. Weinberger presents a novel understanding of the Declare War clause of the Constitution (Article 1, Section 8), filtering it through the AUMFs passed by Congress since 9/11 and concluding that the Presidency has wide latitude and autonomy in the overseas theaters, but not on the domestic front.

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Island of Good Sense
Seth Weinberger's Restoring the Balance: War Powers in An Age of Terror is a must for anyone with strong opinions about U.S prosecution of the "war on terror." This wonderful book is a lucid guide to the vexing tensions among courts, Congress, and the President in protecting both the national defense and civil liberties. Weinberger, a rare mix of hawk and libertarian, presents a theory that gives broad powers to the President to deploy and manage troops on foreign battlefields, but reserves for Congress the responsibility and power to determine the legal status of individuals within U.S. borders. This book is a cool and composed island of good sense in the sea of strident partisanship on the war on terror. Don't miss it.

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60. Gov. Jerry Brown's Destruction of the California Judiciary
by Louis W. Barnett
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-09-21)
list price: US$9.95
Asin: B0044R93AS
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A shocking look at Governor Brown's appointment of judges who were far-left friends, donors, politicians and just shock value appointees, regardless of the lack of any qualifications in many, many cases.
This book highlights the antics, bizarre behavior, and outright illegal actions of individuals before and after they were appointed by Brown as judges in California.
It is also a factual look at the outrageous actions and the pro-criminal decisions of judges appointed by Governor Jerry Brown who changed laws, set liberal policies and gave special preferences to criminals and fellow acquaintances.
Brown's most famous appointment as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Rose Bird, is revealed as a despot who championed anti-death penalty cases which hampered law enforcement and prosecutors while allowing criminals to avoid the death penalty.The Bird court overturned Rodney Alcala's first conviction for the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe who was just convicted in 2010 for the third time for the same horrific murder.The Bird court also found that multiple forced rape, sodomy, and oral copulation do not constitute great bodily harm.
Jerry Brown's judges managed to prevent the executions of ANY convicted murderer while he was Governor, consistent with Brown's own personal opposition to the death penalty.
This book reveals shocking and unbelievable stories of the personal lives of judges Governor Brown appointed to the judiciary.Among the chapters you will find Brown judges violating the law, growing pot at home, friendly associations with known mobsters, violations of court ordered alimony and child support, and even criminal charges!
Democrats, Republicans, newspapers, and victims at the time agreed that Governor Brown's appointments were often shocking or ridiculous.His judicial legacy set the tone for years to come and many of his key appointments remain on the court today. ... Read more

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