Courting Disaster by Martin Garbus
The Supreme Court and the Unmaking of American Law

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A provocative look at the naked political agenda of today's Supreme Court, from one of America's foremost jurists.

In the fall of 2000, when the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision that effectively decided a Presidential election, the Court's role in political life suddenly was thrust onto center stage. But, as legendary attorney and activist Martin Garbus argues, the Court has been a hotbed of politics for years, and it's time we took off our blinders and stopped treating the justices as the protectors of objective truth.

For more than a generation, the Supreme Court has been quietly but aggressively rolling back legislation that has been fundamental to our justice system and economy since the days of Franklin Roosevelt. Although they remain on the books, laws concerning everything from abortion to the rights of suspects have been all but eviscerated. Most of the legal principles involved are subtle and technical, and often are lost on the general public. But in Courting Disaster Garbus brilliantly explicates the ways in which seemingly small decisions by the Court can preciptate radical change in American law, and then in American society.

Ultimately, Garbus issues a passionate, well-argued wake-up call to liberal forces, urging the restoration of the Court's bipartisanship and objectivity.
 

About Martin Garbus

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Martin Garbus is one of the country's leading trial lawyers, appearing before the Supreme Court, teaching law, and arguing trials and speaking as a First Amendment expert throughout the country. He has represented high-profile clients from Lenny Bruce to Václav Havel. A legal commentator for NBC and CBS, he has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. He is the author of three previous books and lives in New York City.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Diane Pub Co. 322 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Garbus reviews cases covering environmental issues, employee rights, affirmative action, and federal versus state sovereignty.

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