Rights by Lawrence Goldstone

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New York City lawyer Herbert Whiffet is hired to defend the rights of a homeless man who has claimed the sidewalk in front of a delicatessen, then also finds himself representing the family of Lawanda de Bourbon, the stunning young consort of a ruthless gang leader, after the girl is gunned down by a rookie patrolman

About Lawrence Goldstone

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Lawrence Goldstone is the author of Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits, and the Struggle for the Constitution, and The Activist: John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, and the Myth of Judicial Review. He lives in Westport, Connecticut.
Published April 1, 1992 by Permanent Pr Pub Co. 268 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this comprehensive and remarkably lucid study of post–Civil War Supreme Court decisions, Goldstone (The Activist) shows how the court's narrow interpretation of the 14th amendment—bestowing "equal protection under the law" to all Americans, regardless of race—paved the way for future dec...

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Racial politics, ethnic hatreds, crime and crack tear apart the multihued fabric of New York City in this hardboiled first novel, which reads more like straight reportage than like satire or fiction.

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Another of the justices who spoke prominently in the Plessy decision was Henry Brown, a Yankee from an industrialist background, whose views on women, Jews, Native Americans and Asians were “every bit as ‘unenlightened’ as his opinion of African Americans.” In the Plessy case, Brown wrote: “If th...

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David Shulman, while agreeing with Richard Goldstone that Israel did not target Gaza civilians, inconsistently claims that the IDF relaxed its rules of engagement to encourage conduct endangering noncombatants [“Goldstone and Gaza: An Exchange,” NYR, July 14].

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