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The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions.

The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions. Kermit L. Hall, editor. Oxford University Press. [pounds]29.99/US$35.0O. 428 pages. ISBN 0- 19-511883-9. This Guide examines 440 decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court that have affected American government and society over 200 years. Often referred to as America's second congress, the Court has carved out a place for itself as the dispenser of radical decisions, sometimes on a very flimsy understanding of constitutional law. Some judges were highly trained legal experts while others were political appointees who preferred sociology to law. Each entry describes the case, tells who argued for and against, how each judge voted, and who wrote the 'opinion' or judgement. Each contributor also gives the background to the decision and the effect it had on American life, from de-segregation to abortion, from Christian prayer in schools to police interviewing of suspects. This must prove an essential reference book for anyone seeking to understand how modern America came to be.
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