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Contempt: How the Right Is Wronging American Justice [Hardcover]

Catherine Crier
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September 13, 2005 1590710649 978-1590710647 First Edition
You can t play politics with people s lives.

America s federal courts have an enormous impact on the daily lives of Americans. They also make up the last relatively independent branch of government. But, there is a committed and well-organized confederation of ultra-conservative politicians, reactionary interest groups, and fundamentalist religious sects working to change that once and for all. And they are succeeding.


They have a plan. They have money. And they have millions of believers.

A majority of Americans strongly oppose the dogmatic agenda of this extreme right-wing onslaught, but that majority has remained silent.

Someday, you and your family may wake up in a very different country, a country re-made in their intolerant image, a nation governed by their inflexible laws.

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About the Author

Emmy award winner Catherine Crier is the host of Court TV s Catherine Crier Live. She has worked as a correspondent and anchor on ABC s World News Tonight, Nightline, and 20/20, as well as at CNN and Fox News. She has written two New York Times best sellers, A Deadly Game (2005) and The Case Against Lawyers (2002). She is the youngest judge ever elected in the state of Texas.

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Rugged Land; First Edition edition (September 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590710649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590710647
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Emmy and duPont-Columbia Award-winning journalist, and the youngest state judge to ever be elected in Texas. A Dallas native, Crier earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Texas and her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law. She began her career in law in 1978 as an Assistant District Attorney then Felony Chief Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney's office. From 1982 to 1984, Crier was a civil litigation attorney with Riddle & Brown, handling complex business and corporate matters. In 1984, she was elected to the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, Texas as a State District Judge. Shortly after her reelection to a second term on the bench, a chance meeting with a television news executive led to a dramatic career change.

In September, 1989, Crier was hired to co-anchor the premiere evening newscast on CNN. Additionally, she co-anchored Inside Politics, all election coverage, and hosted Crier & Company, a talk show covering news, politics and international issues. Crier joined ABC News in 1993 as a correspondent on 20/20 and as a regular substitute anchor for Peter Jennings on ABC's World News Tonight and substitute host on Nightline. Crier was awarded a 1996 Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her work on the segment "The Predators" which examined nursing home abuses throughout the United States.

In October of '96, Crier became one of the founding television anchors for the Fox News Channel, with her prime time program, The Crier Report, and co-anchored the evening news, election coverage and Fox Files. Catherine joined Court TV's distinguished team of anchors in November 1999. She served as Executive Editor, Legal News Specials, in addition to hosting Catherine Crier Live, until joining Cajole Entertainment in 2007 as a managing partner developing television, film and documentary projects.

Crier released her first book, the NYTimes bestseller, The Case Against Lawyers in October, 2002. Her second book, A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation became a #1 NYTimes bestseller and was followed by Contempt--How the Right is Wronging American Justice, and Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case. Her fifth book, Patriot Acts--What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic, will be available November 1, 2011.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Reading for Anyone Interested in Protecting Democracy September 15, 2005
In the few chapters of this book that I've read since purchasing it, Catherine Crier has done a superb job of explaining what any clear thinking, intelligent person already knows-that the religious right is attempting to thwart democracy by perverting the judicial branch of government. Although Crier seemingly comes across as a bit of an alarmist at times one cannot deny that she has researched the topic well and provided abundant source material.

What I find particularly noteworthy about "Contempt" is how Crier artfully points out the judicial activism that takes place on the far right, and how the term "judicial activism" has been co-opted by social conservatives to serve as a codeword for any sort of court decision that challenges their attempt to turn America into a religious theocracy.

As is the case anytime a book like this is published there will be the usual band of ignorant wingnuts (like Timothy Cornwell) slagging this book and questioning the credentials of the author. The intelligent, objective observer would do well to avoid paying attention to such blather. Crier is not a liberal; she's a moderate Republican with libertarian leanings. She is also a former attorney and judge so I think it's far to say that she has a pretty good idea of what she's talking about.

If you are sincerely concerned about the tone this country has taken under George W. Bush, the religious charlatans who have effectively taken control of the Republican Party, and the hypocritical, corrupt politicians who do their bidding then this book is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What Is the American Ideal, Your Religion or Mine? September 21, 2005
Catherine Crier is, I think, justifiably horrified at a movement in this country that is trying to do away with the hard-core values of American democracy, values that make this -- the most long-lasting republic in the world -- what it truly is, and will hopefully remain as long as God so grants us the right to be: the greatest nation on earth.

It may come as a shock to some that those solid American values of which I speak are the values of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Lincoln. Jefferson was an agnostic. Lincoln once said, "I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." (Being a dog lover, I love this quote.) Lincoln, who was perhaps our greatest President, especially when it came to upholding the ideals of democracy in the most difficult of times, was actually not a great believer in religion, though he was a great believer in God, something the current crop of right-wing Republicans have forgotten. If Honest Abe were running for office today, given the power of certain parties in Washington and around the country, he would never be elected.

The abolition of school prayer by the Supreme Court? Terrible, right? Not unless you want to overturn the freedom of religion guaranteed by our Constitution. Some may feel that the U.S. government should uphold their own, specific religious values at all costs. That's fine, I suppose, unless you can envision a time when the majority shifts to Islam or Judaism or Mormonism, and the Baptists and Catholics and Buddhists have someone else's religious values being shoved down their throats by Washington. Then it wouldn't be so cool for the government to dictate what beliefs should be held by all Americans, whether they like it or not, would it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book, and a highlighter at the same time. February 23, 2006
This former, republican judge from Texas spells out her argument clearly and passionately how the religious right is attempting to change the US Constitution while claiming to support it. According to Crier the religious right takes a hypocritical stand on judicial issues. Any judge who makes a decision they do not like is legislating from the bench i.e. changing the law in their decision rather than interpreting it. She reveals this hypocrisy in the Terry Schiavo case where the evangelical Christian judge followed the law, and ordered life support removal. The Christian right vilified this judge because he failed to change the law in his decision! But, this is only one of many issues for which Crier provides convincing evidence.

The Christian right startegy for taking over our courts include: 1) (Very short) term limits, 2) jurisdictional stripping i.e. remove the courts from hearing challenges to religious-based decisions, 3) impeachment 4) congressional veto of supreme court decisions the congress doesn't like! 5) congressional funding or defunding of courts that are too liberal in their decisions, 6) abolition of courts whose decisions that congress does not like. These strategies are aimed at intimidating judicial decisions.

The Christian movement goes even further. Although fully 80% of the country, Christians are now claiming to be persecuted. They are attempting to revise history claiming that the founders intended the country to be Christian. Serious students of American history already know that Madison, Franklin, Jefferson and Adams and others were actually wary of religion dominating or being a part of politics.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yes you liberal judges ARE destroying America
To begin with, let's talk superficial intellect (since liberals seem to respect that): I am a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, I did not attend some second tier... Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by nervousfarter
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Would Denounce these Right-Wing "Christians"
To paraphrase the Reverend Charles Kimball, I am puzzled and saddened by those "Christians" who stand firmly opposed to all or nearly all that Jesus stood for, such as those... Read more
Published on December 9, 2007 by watzizname
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Christian Lumper
Ms. Crier shows her lack of understanding of the intracacies of Christianity and puts forth a brutish view. For example on page five she refers to it as "Born again Christianity". Read more
Published on July 21, 2006 by Daniel Night
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Wake Up Call About The Right Wing Extremists Seeking To Take...
In "Contempt" Crier does an outstanding job of exposing the danger being posed by right-wingers, especially the Religious Right, in their attempt to take over the court system in... Read more
Published on June 28, 2006 by Chris Luallen
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
After reading this book, I did additional research on many of the organizations and think-tanks mentioned (a real eye-opener, make no mistake). Read more
Published on March 16, 2006 by J. Mallary
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay book, a little shallow and repetitive
This book has some interesting points, and I think for those just wanting quick examples to lightly debate this side of the issue, it is okay. Read more
Published on March 9, 2006 by Erik M. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars He who increases knowledge increases sorrow
Ms. Crier's book is journalism, not scholarship. Its tone is political, even polemical, not judicial. She makes no effort to weigh the pros and cons of the subject matter. Read more
Published on February 20, 2006 by J. S. Bush
2.0 out of 5 stars Salient points lost amid excessive/extremist/hard-line/rabid/etc....
This is a hysterical book. Unfortunately, I don't mean funny.

Catherine Crier may have some valid points in this book. Read more
Published on February 17, 2006 by C. J. Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book...VERY
After reading Catherine Crier's book "CONTEMPT", I'd have to say the woman has my utmost respect. Crier's input into this book and, to expose what's happening in America's judical... Read more
Published on January 27, 2006 by Susie Rigsby
4.0 out of 5 stars A warning to North Americans!
While I write this as a Canadian, I dread the possibility of arch-conservative, religious fundamentalist fanatics dictating public policy, and what happens in the United States... Read more
Published on December 31, 2005 by langleybcguy
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