Closed Chambers

Closed Chambers : The Rise, Fall and Future of the Modern Supreme Court

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When Closed Chambers was first published, it was met with a firestorm of controversy as well as a shower of praise for being the first book to break the code of silence about the inner workings of this country s most powerful court. In this eloquent, trailblazing account, with a new chapter covering Bush v. Gore, Guantanamo, and other recent controversial court decisions, Edward Lazarus, who served as a clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun, presents a searing indictment of a court at war with itself and often in neglect of its constitutional duties. Combining memoir, history, and legal analysis, Lazarus reveals in astonishing detail the realities of what takes place behind the closed doors of the U.S. Supreme Court an institution that through its rulings holds the power to affect the life of every American."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 598 pages
  • 129.5 x 198.1 x 40.6mm | 498.96g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Updated ed.
  • 0143035274
  • 9780143035275
  • 937,680

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Ambitious, opinionated, scholarly, gossipy ... wonderful. "Closed Chambers" is a crash course in contemporary constitutional and judicial culture. ("Newsday")
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About Edward Lazarus

Edward Lazarus is the author of Black Hills, White Justice. He writes regularly for national publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Atlantic Monthly. A former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, Lazarus is currently in private practice in California.
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"Operating within a Network of Byzantine Secrecy, The United States Supreme Court is the most powerful judicial institution in the world. Nine unelected justices are charged with protecting our most cherished rights and shaping our fundamental laws."--BOOK JACKET. "In this account, Edward Lazarus, who served as a clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun, provides an insider's guided tour of a court at war with itself and often in neglect of its constitutional duties. Combining memoir, history, and legal analysis, Lazarus weaves together past and present to reveal how law, politics, and personality collide in the Court's inner sanctum."--BOOK JACKET.
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Table of contents

Preface to the Penguin Edition
Author's Note
The Highest Court in the Land


THE MARBLE PALACE
A Clerk's Eye View
The Grand Canyon


THE PENALTY OF DEATH
The Spirit of Scottsboro
Sand in the Machine
The Strike of Lightning
Backlash
The Death Watch
The Lone Ranger
Stay of Execution
A Cop Killer's Case
Equal Protection of the Laws


THINGS FALL APART
Robert Bork and Civil War
The Cabal Against the Libs
The Test of Sincerity


THE TORTURE OF LAWS
The Right to Privacy
The Price of Good Intentions
The Triumph of Politics


A COURT DIVIDED
Transitions
A Fragile Peace
Old Battles, New Wounds
Final Thoughts


Notes
Index
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