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Supreme Myths


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"Supreme Myths is a tough-minded examination of the Supreme Court's record in deciding constitutional cases. Segall argues that the Court falsely claims to be relying on traditional legal authority like text and precedent. Clearly written and uncompromising." -- Robert F. Nagel, Rothgerber Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Colorado Law School. Author of Unrestrained: Judicial Excess and the Mind of the American Lawyer (Transaction, 2008) "With clear examples drawn from the Supreme Court's checkered history of judicial review, Eric Segall exposes the myth that Justices are acting likely ordinary lawyers when they interpret the Constitution. In vigorous and easily understood language, Segall shows that they aren't-liberal or conservative, they are politicians in robes. His readers will gain important insights into the realities of our constitutional system, and may be provoked to think about whether we ought to do something about it." -- Mark Tushnet is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. "Professor Segall's accessible, provocative, and biting critique of the Supreme Court raises important questions about how the Court's constitutional decisions affect the American people. His unique and bold voice on the Supreme Court has been an immeasurable asset to the national conversation I host everyday." -- Pete Dominick, Host of Stand Up with Pete Dominick on SIRIUSXM's POTUS Channel "Professor Segall has produced a powerful argument against the popular myth that Supreme Court Justices are neutral judges performing mechanical judicial work. Tracing constitutional doctrine from civil rights to guns to abortion and economic regulation, he urges readers to piece the legal arguments for the value-laden choices beneath. Concluding with proposals for curbing judicial veto power, and suggestions for a more clear-eyed view of the Supreme Court, this is an invaluable addition to the conversation about the Supreme Court and the mythmaking in which we all to often indulge." -- Dahlia Lithwick Senior Editor www.slate.com

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Eric J. Segall is professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, where he has been faculty since 1991.


"This book is well-written, and tells background stories about several cases that may be of interest to students and some professors. . . . Supreme Myths may be a good book for undergraduates studying American government, judicial process, or constitutional law. Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice

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