Brilliant. Colorful. Visionary. Tenacious. Witty. Since his appointment to the Supreme Court in 1986, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has been described as all of these things and for good reason. He is perhaps the best-known justice on the Supreme Court today and certainly the most controversial. Yet most Americans have probably not read even one of his several hundred Supreme Court opinions. In Scalia Dissents, Kevin Ring, former counsel to the U.S. Senates Constitution Subcommittee, lets Justice Scalia speak for himself. This volumethe first of its kind showcases the quotable justices take on many of todays most contentious constitutional debates, including: * Affirmative Action "In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American." * Religious Freedom "A priest has as much liberty to proselytize as a patriot." * Judicial Activism "No government official is tempted to place restraints on his own freedom of action, which is why Lord Acton did not say Power tends to purify." * Abortion "It thus appears the mansion of constitutionalized abortion law, constructed overnight in Roe v. Wade, must be disassembled doorjamb by doorjamb "
Scalia Dissents contains over a dozen of the justices most compelling and controversial opinions. Ring also provides helpful background on the opinions and a primer on Justice Scalias judicial philosophy.
Scalia Dissents is the perfect book for readers who love scintillating prose and penetrating insight on the most important constitutional issues of our time.
Kevin A. Ring was a former counsel to then-Senator John Ashcroft and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights Subcommittee. He graduated with honors from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America. He is currently a partner at Greenberg Traurig, LLP in Washington, D.C. and resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife and daughter.
I'm a great supporter of Scalia but the book was composed by an attorney who only communicates with attorneys!Published 1 month ago by James L. Hasselbach
It's the typical Scalia stuff, edited to present the Justice's most snide and over-preening manner. If you're new to Supreme Court jurisprudence, I'd recommend starting with a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lucy
Scalia is an interesting character. I was hoping the book would be an educated and critical look at his opinions with respect to legal traditions. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Niall
no matter what you think of his ifeology or his politics Justice Scali is consistent as the day is long. He's a hell of a writer!!Published on August 9, 2013 by Craig Hatkoff
I needed a starting point for some great Supreme Court constitutional interpretation opinions. This book made my search extremely easy.Published on April 22, 2013 by Laurie Buchanan
I had read the book before I ordered, so I knew what I was getting. This is an assembly of Scalia's dissenting opinions in a number of leading cases, arranged by subject. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Steven William Lambson
I loved this book. The selection of cases, and the selected excerpts are fantastic. Scalia's phenomenal command of vocabulary and powerful reasoning make his opinions some of the... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Benjamin Novak