The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition

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Cato Institute senior fellow Levy and lawyer Mellor, in this excellent examination of twelve far-reaching Supreme Court cases and their consequences, force readers to question the direction in which the judiciary has led our country over the past century-and possibly their own attitudes toward the federal government. The authors deftly navigate the complicated proceedings without slipping into lawyer-speak, while unapologetically leaning on their libertarian sentiments to color their commentary and analysis. Though the writers defend well their claim that the dozen cases under discussion-with a number of "dishonorable mentions" and an appendix each for Roe v. Wade and Bush v. Gore-have expanded the federal government and eroded civil liberties, one can't help but feel a creeping sense of arrogance when Levy and Mellor assert repeatedly that they know how the Constitution's authors would view the document were they alive today. Still, the authors' canny investigation into the Supreme Court should call into doubt some of the staid political viewpoints readers may have taken too long for granted.
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Many of the most harmful decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court have been subject to sustained attack in separate places. But I am not aware of any volume whose major function is to critique the worst in one place. Into this void step two fearless writers,Bob Levy and Chip Mellor, who through their work have been deeply involved in shaping our legal and political culture. -- From the Foreword by Richard A. Epstein, Professor of Law, University of Chicago

A passionate, thoughtful, provocative, and eminently readable book by two of America's most influential libertarian lawyers and legal thinkers. -- Eugene Volokh, Professor of Law, UCLA; Founder of the Volokh Conspiracy Blog

An easy read, and a very informative primer on some long-neglected cases. |fLyle Denniston, Scotus Blog

Levy and Mellor offer fascinating insights on twelve of the most important and controversial cases of our time. Readers will gain new appreciation for the Supreme Court's role in affecting their lives and liberties. With that appreciation will come heightened understanding of the stakes in future Supreme Court nominations. -- Nadine Strossen, Former President, American Civil Liberties Union
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004XMT2P0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cato Institute; Reprint edition (January 16, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 16, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1006 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
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