Sober as a Judge: The Supreme Court and Republican Liberty

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The premise of this fascinating study is that judicial sobriety has been underappreciated in scholarship and commentary on the Supreme Court, and that this underappreciation has led to a devaluation of certain justices. The five justices treated in this book-Nathan Clifford, Stanley Matthews, Edward White, Fred M. Vinson, and Antonin Scalia-have all exercised sobriety on the bench, and all have consequently been dealt with unjustly. These judges realized that judicial sobriety begins with a recognition that law ...
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The premise of this fascinating study is that judicial sobriety has been underappreciated in scholarship and commentary on the Supreme Court, and that this underappreciation has led to a devaluation of certain justices. The five justices treated in this book-Nathan Clifford, Stanley Matthews, Edward White, Fred M. Vinson, and Antonin Scalia-have all exercised sobriety on the bench, and all have consequently been dealt with unjustly. These judges realized that judicial sobriety begins with a recognition that law and politics are distinct and separate enterprises. The authors assert that a good and sober judge goes only about the business of applying the Constitution and the laws in cases and controversies before him, and does not attempt to apply creative jurisprudence. "Sober as a Judge" will prove to be an essential volume for scholars of political science, history, and law.

Author Biography: Richard G. Stevens is Professor of Political Science at the Institute of World Politics. He is author of "The American Constitution and Its Provenance."Matthew J. Franck is Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Radford University. He is the author of "Against the Imperial Judiciary."

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Political scientists profile the work of five US Supreme Court Justices deemed innocent of overstepping the bounds of the Constitution by tempering laws with mercy or discovering rights. They are Nathan P. Clifford, Stanley Matthews, Edward Douglass White, Fred M. Vinson, and Antonin Scalia. An introduction characterizes the justices as guardians of republican (Republican?) liberty; an epilogue considers staying clean and sober in the future. Only names are indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780739100370
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition number: 352
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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Richard G. Stevens is Professor of Political Science at the Institute of World Politics. He is the author of The American Constitution and Its Provenance.Matthew J. Franck is Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Radford University. He is the author of Against the Imperial Judiciary.

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Table of Contents

Forward: The President, the Senate, and Judicial Appointments
Preface
Acknowledgments
I Introduction: The Sober Justices, Guardians of Republican Liberty 1
II Judicial Sobriety: Nathan P. Clifford 25
III Due Process of Law: Stanley Matthews 53
IV Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Crossroads: Edward Douglass White 97
V The Last Justice Without a Theory: Fred M. Vinson 121
VI Steady, Upright, and Impartial Administration of the Laws: Antonin Scalia 177
VII Epilogue: Staying Clean and Sober: The Future of the Supreme Court 223
Notes 243
Index of Cases 303
Index 309
About the Contributors 317
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