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By Henry J. Abraham

Revised to incorporate the final 8 years of ideally suited court docket judgements and nominations, this up to date vintage is the main complete and obtainable heritage of the 1st one hundred ten participants of the U.S. splendid courtroom ever written. Henry J. Abraham, one of many nation's preeminent students of the judicial department, addresses the important questions of why person justices have been nominated to the top courtroom, how their nominations have been acquired by means of legislators of the day, even if the appointees finally lived as much as the expectancies of the yank public, and the legacy in their jurisprudence at the improvement of yank legislation and society. Abraham's insights into the heritage of the very best court docket are unmatched through different reports of the topic, and between his quite a few observations is that absolutely one-fifth of its participants have been considered as mess ups via the presidents who appointed them. more suitable by means of photos of each justice from 1789 to 2007, Abraham's eloquent writing and meticulous examine be sure that this ebook will curiosity either common readers and students.

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Abraham’s identification of criteria important in the appointment process has laid the groundwork for much of the continuing scholarship on judicial appointments. ” —Christine L. ” —David M. O’Brien, University of Virginia Š “Dr. Abraham’s up-to-date classic is the definitive book on Supreme Court appointments. No wonder it graces the shelves of the justices’ libraries! ” —Barbara A. Perry, Sweet Briar College Š “This book has long been the essential starting point for any informed citizen or student hoping to learn about Supreme Court appointments.

Reagan, respectively; President Lincoln’s fruitful search for an outstanding trans-Mississippi lawyer (he found him in Samuel F. Miller); President Cleveland’s insistence on geographic appropriateness in the person of his new chief justice, Melville W. Fuller of Illinois (to date 31 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia have been “represented” —see table 4, chap. 4, infra); and President McKinley’s choice of Joseph McKenna (religion—see table 5, chap. 4, infra). The fourth, political and ideological compatibility, has arguably been the controlling factor.

Johnson of Abe Fortas. The third category, the “representation” or “representativeness” of a putative selectee, has become increasingly prevalent. Thus, such “representative” or “equitable” factors as race, gender, religion, age, and geography, lately especially the first two, are frequently advanced as a major consideration, sometimes as the controlling one. Among a host of illustrations are the obvious selections of Thurgood Marshall (race) and Sandra Day O’Connor (gender) by Presidents Lyndon B.

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