Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justiceby Kevin A. Ring, Antonin Scalia
Pub. Date: 11/15/2004
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Brilliant. Colorful. Visionary. Tenacious. Witty. Since his appointment to the Supreme Court in 1986, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has been described as all of these things and for good reason. He is perhaps the best-known justice on the Supreme Court today and certainly the most controversial. Yet most Americans have probably not read even one of his several… See more details below
Brilliant. Colorful. Visionary. Tenacious. Witty. Since his appointment to the Supreme Court in 1986, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has been described as all of these things and for good reason. He is perhaps the best-known justice on the Supreme Court today and certainly the most controversial. Yet most Americans have probably not read even one of his several hundred Supreme Court opinions. In Scalia Dissents, Kevin Ring, former counsel to the U.S. Senate's Constitution Subcommittee, lets Justice Scalia speak for himself. This volumethe first of its kind showcases the quotable justice's take on many of today's most contentious constitutional debates.
Scalia Dissents contains over a dozen of the justice's most compelling and controversial opinions. Ring also provides helpful background on the opinions and a primer on Justice Scalia's judicial philosophy.
Scalia Dissents is the perfect book for readers who love scintillating prose and penetrating insight on the most important constitutional issues of our time.
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Table of Contents
|Ch. 1||Scalia's philosophy||1|
|Ch. 2||Interpreting laws||23|
|Ch. 3||Separation of powers||43|
|Ch. 6||Death penalty||143|
|Ch. 7||Religious freedom||167|
|Ch. 8||Gender equality||193|
|Ch. 9||Free speech||233|
|Ch. 10||Non-speech and un-free speech||257|
|Ch. 12||Other "rights"||303|
|Epilogue : Scalia's America||317|
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This is about what is turning out to be an endangered species of Justice: i.e., a Justice who uses the text of the U.S. Constitution as the standard by which all laws and cases under consideration must be weighed. This by necessity is done without the typical expansionist, revisionist, judicially legislated decisions, often mixing improperly the Branch Powers that are Constitutionally required to be separate. Scalia is sharp, and the book clearly demonstrates his legacy of Intellectual Jurisprudence. Scalia also possesses sharp wit, and is a world class wordsmith! I enjoyed this work immensely. Recommended for both Legal people and people who seek a classic view of Constitutional textual compliance as a standard for deciding cases.
Ring has presented Scalia in a most understandable manner. The issues, the cases and Scalia's decisions. Great read for everyone interested in Scalia's view of the Constitution and of the how and why of his decisions. Should be required reading for every student of Constitutional law.