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Perry illuminates the Supreme Court's unique advantages in sustaining a noble public image by its stewardship of the revered Constitution, its constant embrace of the rule of law, the justices' life tenure, its symbols of impartiality and integrity, and a resolute determination to keep its distance from the media. She argues that the Court has bolstered these advantages to avoid traps that have marred Congressional and presidential images, and she demonstrates how the Court has escaped the worst of media coverage.
In this detailed examination of the Court, its justices, decisions, facilities, and programs as well as its place in modern American culture, Perry illustrates that the Court has consciously endeavored to preserve its exalted standing. The Priestly Tribe provides an original and insightful analysis of this intriguing judicial institution for students and scholars of the Court and the general public.
|Introduction: "The Brethren" in "Closed Chambers"?||1|
|1||The "Priestly Tribe" or "Nine Old Men"? Images of the Court during the New Deal||7|
|2||From "Potato Hole" to "Marble Palace": How the Court Presents Itself||25|
|3||High Priests or "Nine Scorpions"? How the Justices Present Themselves||47|
|4||Defrocking the Priests? Media Presentations of the Court||85|
|5||"Do the Justices Wear Clothes?" Public Perceptions of the Court||121|
|Conclusion: "God Save This Honorable Court!"||143|