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John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life (vuoden 2010 painos)

– tekijä: Bill Barnhart (Tekijä)

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During Justice Sonya Sotomayor's recent confirmation hearings, the idea of "biography" played a high-profile role in the debate. How much does a person's experience affect his or her judicial opinions? Should personal history be a key consideration when determining qualifications to sit on the highest court in the land? In this impeccably researched book, journalist Bill Barnhart and retired lawyer and former legislator Gene Schlickman paint a detailed portrait of Justice John Paul Stevens's remarkable life and tenure on the Court. Through vivid family history and a careful look at his work on the bench, Barnhart and Schlickman offer the first biography of the second longest serving Supreme Court justice of the modern era--one who has proudly earned the title of the Court's most prolific dissenter. To provide a nuanced and multifaceted look at the justice, Barnhart and Schlickman interviewed Stevens and an extraordinary number of Stevens's friends and family members, former clerks, current colleagues, politicians, and court watchers. They spoke with such public figures as former President Ford, former Ford chief of staff Donald Rumsfeld, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Interviews with Stevens's children and one of his brothers provide personal insights into the man behind the robe. Tales of his childhood, of growing up in an affluent family in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, and of the family business, including The Stevens Hotel (now the Chicago Hilton and Towers), create a rich portrait of the independent man and judge. Intimate anecdotes from Stevens's former law clerks reveal the lighter side of some of the most serious work in the country. Barnhart and Schlickman also give careful consideration to Stevens's career. They trace his early years as a Chicago lawyer, his appointment to the federal appeals bench in Chicago, and his ultimate nomination to the Supreme Court by Republican President Ford. They examine his best-known opinions, including his emotional dissents in Texas v. Johnson and Bush v. Gore. They trace his growth as a molder of Court decisions. In an era of an increasingly politicized judiciary, the story of Stevens's life, as a lawyer who joined the bench with no political or ideological baggage, is an urgent reminder of the importance of judicial impartiality and the need to cultivate it. This vibrant biography will be of interest to those fascinated by the inner workings of the Supreme Court as well as those who simply want to learn more about one of Chicago's favorite sons.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life
Kirjailijat:Bill Barnhart (Tekijä)
Info:Northern Illinois University Press (2010), Edition: 1, 324 pages
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John Paul Stevens An Independent Life, by Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman (read 28 Oct 2016) This well-written biography was published in 2010, the year that Justice Stevens retired from his seat on the U. S. Supreme Court, having served thereon for 35 years. The book does an excellent job telling of Stevens' early life and explains the crushing blow suffered by his father as a result of the Depression--something I did not know until I read this book. His years before being appointed a Federal judge are covered well, as are his years on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was the only Justice appointed by President Ford and the story of how he came to be appointed and confirmed is full of interest--his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee was the last such not covered by TV and he was confirmed by a vote of 98 to 0--such a contrast to what is now involved in Supreme Court appointments. His amazing and highly interesting career on the Court is covered with insight much appreciated by a lawyer. He became increasingly liberal as he served, and wrote a most perceptive dissent in Bush v. Gore. (A bit of annoyance for me was the repeated reference to Judge Thurmond Arnold--it should be Thurman Arnold--but that is the only error I noted in the book.) The discussion of Justice Stevens' work on the Supreme Court shows careful research on the part of the authors, which is no surprise to me since I knew Gene Schlickman both at Loras College and at Georgetown Law and knew he would have a good career and that he would write a book showing able legal research. ( )
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During Justice Sonya Sotomayor's recent confirmation hearings, the idea of "biography" played a high-profile role in the debate. How much does a person's experience affect his or her judicial opinions? Should personal history be a key consideration when determining qualifications to sit on the highest court in the land? In this impeccably researched book, journalist Bill Barnhart and retired lawyer and former legislator Gene Schlickman paint a detailed portrait of Justice John Paul Stevens's remarkable life and tenure on the Court. Through vivid family history and a careful look at his work on the bench, Barnhart and Schlickman offer the first biography of the second longest serving Supreme Court justice of the modern era--one who has proudly earned the title of the Court's most prolific dissenter. To provide a nuanced and multifaceted look at the justice, Barnhart and Schlickman interviewed Stevens and an extraordinary number of Stevens's friends and family members, former clerks, current colleagues, politicians, and court watchers. They spoke with such public figures as former President Ford, former Ford chief of staff Donald Rumsfeld, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Interviews with Stevens's children and one of his brothers provide personal insights into the man behind the robe. Tales of his childhood, of growing up in an affluent family in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, and of the family business, including The Stevens Hotel (now the Chicago Hilton and Towers), create a rich portrait of the independent man and judge. Intimate anecdotes from Stevens's former law clerks reveal the lighter side of some of the most serious work in the country. Barnhart and Schlickman also give careful consideration to Stevens's career. They trace his early years as a Chicago lawyer, his appointment to the federal appeals bench in Chicago, and his ultimate nomination to the Supreme Court by Republican President Ford. They examine his best-known opinions, including his emotional dissents in Texas v. Johnson and Bush v. Gore. They trace his growth as a molder of Court decisions. In an era of an increasingly politicized judiciary, the story of Stevens's life, as a lawyer who joined the bench with no political or ideological baggage, is an urgent reminder of the importance of judicial impartiality and the need to cultivate it. This vibrant biography will be of interest to those fascinated by the inner workings of the Supreme Court as well as those who simply want to learn more about one of Chicago's favorite sons.

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