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Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America Hardcover – February 7, 2005
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Some of the worst decisions such as Dred Scott that prolonged slavery and Korematsu that "legalized" the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WWII show how wrong five justices can be. Although these bad decisions were eventually set right by history, far too many people had to suffer for far too long. Reading the history of how the federal judiciary, especially the SCOTUS, has sometimes ruled beyond its limited constitutionally established role does show that there can be serious effects on people's lives. While these bad cases show how the court can be very wrong, it's not clear that it has become a nine-member constitutional convention. There are still checks and balances on the court in the constitution itself, but they will also take time to implement. In cases where public sentiment is still evolving, the court is often ahead of or behind the public in its rulings making its job difficult and frequently unpopular. With the perspective of history we can see how things eventually have worked out but only after many Americans have suffered.
It's good to have a clear thoughtful presentation of these complex constitutional issues presented in concise language that makes them understandable to a broader audience of American citizens.