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This exhaustive, compelling account assesses the life of one of the most important judges ever to sit on a federal district court bench. Kemerer ( The Educator's Guide to Texas School Law ), a professor at North Texas State University, writes of how Justice's father, a Texas Depression-era lawyer, was often paid by clients with watermelons and peas. This, plus Justice's memories of poor people hanging perilously from boxcars and begging for food and work, shows how his ironclad liberal ideals and his love of the law were forged. The book is divided into two parts. The first deals with Justice's life before he became a federal judge in 1968. The second and longer part deals with the 72-year-old jurist's landmark decisions on school desegregation, voter discrimination and prison reform. Kemerer also gives critical insights into such legendary Texas figures as Lyndon Johnson, John Tower and John Connolly. Photos not seen by PW.

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"This exhaustive, compelling account assesses the life of one of the most important judges ever to sit on a federal court bench." (Publisher’s Weekly)

"A valuable contribution to understanding the social and political history of Texas." (Barbara Jordan, former U.S. Representative)

"A scholarly, yet eminently readable account that explicates Judge Justice’s personal life and outlook in the unique way they are expressed in his jurisprudence." (Dallas Morning News)
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  • Series: Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture (Paperback) (Book 22)
  • Paperback: 527 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; Reprint edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292719051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292719057
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book for people unfamiliar with Justice's life. The text is obviously biased toward Judge Justice, but for those who agree with his judicial philosophy, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The chapters are relatively short and focused and do a great job of helping you read all the way through without feeling overwhelmed with information. The text really picks up as the book goes on and ends with a great final chapter.
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This book unpacks the cultural baggage at work that has shaped parts of Texas and much of the American South. From the desecration orders still in place in Tyler, Texas in 2015 to the ways that local Texas political leaders used their influence to disenfranchise minority voters, if you're looking for background on this little East Texas town and Texas in general, this book proves to be eye-opening.
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