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A Book of Legal Lists: The Best and Worst in American Law, by Bernard Schwartz

By Bernard Schwartz

Who're the head ten maximum splendid courtroom Justices of all time? who're the worst ten? Which splendid courtroom determination helped bring about the Civil struggle? What are the 10 maximum and worst excellent court docket judgements? What are the 10 top court docket videos? Who was once the final to take advantage of the ideal courtroom spittoon? Who was once the 1st Justice to put on trousers underneath his ideally suited court docket robes?
From John Marshall, the best very best court docket Justice, to Alfred Moore, one of many worst, Bernard Schwartz's A e-book of criminal Lists--the first ever compiled--provides the 10 Bests and Worsts in American legislation (and additionally contains solutions to one hundred fifty minutiae questions on the criminal world). The lists contain the best dissents and ultimate court docket "might have beens;" maximum non-Supreme courtroom judges (Lemuel Shaw, number 1 at the maximum checklist, performed a fashionable position in recasting universal legislation into an American mold); maximum and worst non-Supreme courtroom judgements; maximum legislations books; legal professionals (including Alexander Hamilton, Clarence Darrow "Attorney for the Damned", and Abraham Lincoln); trials; and maximum felony movies. every one checklist access has a quick essay via Schwartz explaining why it's a most sensible or a worst, and it really is in those essays that we achieve a wealth of knowledge in regards to the criminal international. We examine, for example, that Sherman Minton, quantity ten at the Worst ideal court docket Justices record, used to be one of these nonentity that he might be top remembered because the final to take advantage of the spittoon supplied for every Justice at the back of the bench. ahead of he turned leader Justice, William H. Rehnquist used to be identified for enjoying Trivial Pursuit at the bench, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote 873 reviews for the court docket (the so much in its history), and Roger Brooke Taney, quantity ten at the maximum excellent court docket Justices record, was once the 1st leader Justice to put on trousers underneath his gowns (his predecessors had continuously given judgment in knee breeches).
Stretching again to the early 1700s, the legislation and the judges who interpret it have maintained a gentle presence in our lives--sometimes for higher, occasionally for worse. From disappointments like Plessy v. Ferguson (number at the Ten Worst very best court docket judgements list), which gave the mislead the yank excellent "that all males are created equal," to lesser recognized yet no less significant judgements equivalent to the 1933 United States v. One e-book known as "Ulysses", (number 9 at the Ten maximum Non-Supreme court docket judgements) the landmark First modification case that eased the legislations governing censorship, Bernard Schwartz offers felony specialists and non-experts alike with unique details in a structure that may be came upon nowhere else.

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Ten Worst Supreme Court Justices 1. Alfred Moore (1755-1810), Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1799-1804 2. Charles E. Whittaker (1901-1973), Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1957-1962 3. Fred M. Vinson (1890-1953), Chief Justice of the United States, 1946-1953 4. James C. McReynolds (1862-1946), Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1914-1941 5. Rufus W. Peckham (1838-1909), Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1895-1909 6. Samuel Chase (1741-1811), Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1796-1811 7.

To critics, there was only hypocrisy in Frankfurter's constant insistence that he could not reach judgments on the bench that he would readily have favored as a private citizen. With all his intellect and legal talents, Frankfurter's judicial career remained a lost opportunity. As far as the law was concerned, he may well have had more influence as a professor than as a Justice. There is no doubt that Frankfurter expected to be the intellectual leader of the Court, as he had been of the Harvard law faculty.

Philip P. Barbour In rating Supreme Court Justices, we must distinguish between those who are merely unknowns and those who were failures. In pre-Civil War days, the Justices (except for Chief Justice Taney and Justice Benjamin R. Curtis, who wrote the famous dissent in Dred Scott v. Sandford) were not even ordinary. Almost all of those who served on the Taney Court have remained ciphers in Supreme Court history. When we think of the Presidents between Jackson and Lincoln we must ask, with James Bryce, "who now knows or cares to know anything about the personality of James K.

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