This comprehensive book presents the inner workings of American constitutional law within the framework of the social, legal, and political contexts from which the cases arose. It addresses the implications of each case on the political system and its effect on the relationship between the Court and the other two branches of government.
The book traces each case from the time it is filed to its appearance on the Court's docket, explains the reasoning of the lower court and demonstrates the climate of legal opinion in which the case is presented before the Court. The book includes highlights of Supreme Court arguments with summaries of legal theories offered to the Justices and original source material that show how ideas, thought processes, language, and debate develop into constitutional doctrine.
A valuable reference book for anyone who needs a greater understanding of the effect of Supreme Court decisions on our political system.