By Bernard Schwartz
Who're the pinnacle ten maximum ideally suited court docket Justices of all time? who're the worst ten? Which ideally suited courtroom selection helped bring about the Civil conflict? What are the 10 maximum and worst ultimate court docket judgements? What are the 10 most sensible court videos? Who was once the final to take advantage of the ideal courtroom spittoon? Who used to be the 1st Justice to put on trousers underneath his ideal court docket robes?
From John Marshall, the best preferrred court docket Justice, to Alfred Moore, one of many worst, Bernard Schwartz's A e-book of felony Lists--the first ever compiled--provides the 10 Bests and Worsts in American legislations (and additionally contains solutions to one hundred fifty trivialities questions on the felony world). The lists contain the best dissents and ultimate court docket "might have beens;" maximum non-Supreme court docket judges (Lemuel Shaw, number 1 at the maximum record, performed a fashionable function in recasting universal legislation into an American mold); maximum and worst non-Supreme courtroom judgements; maximum legislations books; attorneys (including Alexander Hamilton, Clarence Darrow "Attorney for the Damned", and Abraham Lincoln); trials; and maximum felony films. every one checklist access has a brief essay by means of Schwartz explaining why it's a top or a worst, and it truly is in those essays that we achieve a wealth of data in regards to the criminal global. We research, for example, that Sherman Minton, quantity ten at the Worst superb courtroom Justices record, was once any such nonentity that he could be top remembered because the final to take advantage of the spittoon supplied for every Justice at the back of the bench. ahead of he grew to become leader Justice, William H. Rehnquist used to be recognized for taking part in Trivial Pursuit at the bench, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote 873 evaluations for the court docket (the so much in its history), and Roger Brooke Taney, quantity ten at the maximum excellent court docket Justices checklist, used to be the 1st leader Justice to put on trousers underneath his gowns (his predecessors had consistently given judgment in knee breeches).
Stretching again to the early 1700s, the legislations and the judges who interpret it have maintained a gentle presence in our lives--sometimes for larger, occasionally for worse. From disappointments like Plessy v. Ferguson (number at the Ten Worst very best courtroom judgements list), which gave the mislead the yank excellent "that all males are created equal," to lesser recognized yet no less significant judgements equivalent to the 1933 United States v. One e-book referred to as "Ulysses", (number 9 at the Ten maximum Non-Supreme court docket judgements) the landmark First modification case that eased the legislations governing censorship, Bernard Schwartz offers criminal specialists and non-experts alike with unique details in a layout that may be stumbled on nowhere else.
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After Frankfurter delivered his opinion upholding a compulsory flag salute, he was talking about the opinion 24 A Book of Legal Lists over cocktails at the Roosevelt home in Hyde Park. Eleanor Roosevelt, in her impulsive way, declared that, regardless of the Justice's learning and legal skills, there was something wrong with an opinion that forced little children to salute a flag when such a ceremony was repugnant to their consciences. To critics, there was only hypocrisy in Frankfurter's constant insistence that he could not reach judgments on the bench that he would readily have favored as a private citizen.
Brennan ensured that "[w]e are all activists now" and that his concept of a "living Constitution" would dominate contemporary jurisprudence. No other Justice in Court history has had an influence on the law comparable to that of these ten. All of them employed their authority to mold constitutional jurisprudence to meet what they deemed the needs of the nation during their tenure. All were activists who did not hesitate to use judicial power to adapt the law to the time's necessities. Not all of them were masters of the common law or consummate judicial craftsmen.
Had Vinson still been Chief Justice when the Court decided Brown, the result would have been a divided decision. More than that, according to a confidential memo written by Justice William O. Douglas at the time, the decision would have upheld segregation by a bare majority. " Instead of the clarion call to end segregation sounded by Chief Justice Earl Warren after he had succeeded Vinson, the latter indicated to the Justices that he was in favor of upholding segregation. " Vinson's handling of Brown was symptomatic of his ineffectiveness as Chief Justice.
A Book of Legal Lists: The Best and Worst in American Law, with 150 Court and Judge Trivia Questions by Bernard Schwartz