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The Supreme Court Phalanx: The Court's New Right-Wing Bloc

by Ronald Dworkin

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A 70-page pamphlet lamenting the U.S. Supreme Court's dramatic rightward turn due to the Bush appointments, consisting of four previously-published Dworkin articles and no new content, this wasn't at all what I had expected when I pre-ordered it from Amazon.

The book strikes a strange balance between pure polemic and actual, jurisprudential examination. The first two papers presented are almost entirely rhetoric, aimed at the Senate Judiciary Committee and their seeming incapacity to properly execute their duties in vetting supreme court appointees John Roberts and Samuel Alito. I found the latter two chapters more useful, and more disturbing. Chapter 3 paints a credible picture of the direction the Court is moving with regards to abortion rights in the U.S. Believers in a woman's right to her body have good cause to be concerned, as the right-wing block is already working to undermine the jurisprudential underpinnings of the Roe and Casey decisions. Chapter 4's portrayal of the more direct undermining of several key Constitutional protections by this new "phalanx" should be frightening to any reader - liberal or conservative. As the Court works to erode the theoretical bases for long-standing precedent, the entire system of stare decisis is put in question, and our ability as a people to rely on the protections we demand from our government is grossly threatened.

I'd hardly call it a must-read, but the final two chapters were informative on matters that all responsible citizens should be made aware of. ( )
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