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Supreme Injustice

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Millions of Americans were baffled and outraged by the U.S. Supreme Court's role in deciding the presidential election of 2000 with its controversial ruling in Bush v. Gore. The Court had held a unique place in our system of checks and balances, seen as the embodiment of fairness and principle precisely because it was perceived to be above the political fray. How could it ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 14th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 9th 2001)
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AC
Dec 06, 2008 AC rated it it was amazing
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Brilliant, fascinating, analytical -- Bush v. Gore -- and how we got here. Dershowitz prove beyond any doubt (and I use these terms strictly) that the case was wrongly decided -- and shows exactly how this came about -- what motivated each of the offending Justices.

Rehnquist, Thomas, Scalia were all ideologues, of course; but Dershowitz shows, again beyond any doubt, how Scalia's opinions in Bush v. Gore absolutely ran counter, in a purely legal sense, to everything he had previously written a
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J.
Apr 10, 2012 J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very long rant against the Supreme Court that hijacked the 2000 Election and made cynics of many people in their attitude towards the Supreme Court.

And a well deserved rant it is.

Mostly true, too.

Certainly the author is a very biased liberal Democrat. But his arguments are quite on point. And he proves his case quite well, in my opinion. The strongest part of the book is that he takes the majority Justices' own prior rulings and principles, and then shows how these prior principles were simply
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Elaine
Mar 12, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As in his other books, Alan Dershowitz clarifies complex legal issues, explaining concepts such as "equal protection" and "irreparable harm" as it concerns the Bush election process in 2000.
A K
Jan 20, 2016 A K rated it really liked it
Readers should take into account liberal bias by the author. Still, intellectually stimulating and good expalantions of what went down in Bush v. Gore.
Guilherme Santander
Jan 25, 2016 Guilherme Santander is currently reading it
O auge da supremacia judicial.
Flan
Jul 20, 2014 Flan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of this book just got me worked up again by the sheer audacity of the action, but Dershowitz goes through the 2000 election and the Supreme Court decision to become involved in a clear way. The political ramifications have had far reaching affects, and he discusses the many ways it will change our country. I found this book clearly defines the role of the Supreme Court and what it means to overreach.
Drake
May 01, 2009 Drake added it
Most of this book was great - a thorough criticism of the court's decision with some helpful background on precedents and the justices. In the last 15 pages though, he kind of goes after Roe v. Wade, which seems to come out of left field, and isn't fully explained.
Sammy
Jul 24, 2007 Sammy rated it liked it
Read this book for a paper my senior year in college. I was rather disappointed on the author's criticism of the judges of the case it dealt with. I think I would've enjoyed it more if it wasn't being used for a scholary paper.
Jeff Doucette
Dec 14, 2009 Jeff Doucette rated it liked it
The 2000 election was decided by one (Supreme Court (In)justice) vote. Read all about it here.
Simon
Nov 26, 2011 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tough read to understand. I got the basic idea.
Brian
Oct 20, 2007 Brian rated it it was amazing
Guaranteed to get your blood boiling.
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Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer, jurist, and political commentator. He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is known for his career as an attorney in several high-profile law cases and commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

He has spent most of his career at Harvard, where, at the age of 28, he became the youngest full professor in its history, until No
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