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Packing the Court by James MacGregor Burns
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Packing the Court is James MacGregor Burns' penetrating look at SCOTUS. For most of our history the Court has been a reactionary and unaccountable force in American life. Sound history.

Burns' treatise is grounded on John Marshall's breathtaking assertion of the court's role as final arbitrator of constitutional review. The fact that no such power exists in the Constitution seems not to bother "originalists" like Antonin Scalia. They just made it (the assertion of the power to overturn duly passed laws) up. The damage done by the court over much of the Republic's history (Dred Scott, Plessy, Korematsu, Bush v Gore, Heller) has been jaw dropping. It is time to assert balance and accountability to these nine justices. Term limits and cameras in the court at least.

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