The Nine
The Nine Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court By Toobin, Jeffrey Book - 2007 | 1st ed.

No doubt there will be renewed interest in this book given the recent changes to the Court. I thought this would be more a history of the Court, but Jeffrey Toobin, who has also written books about O.J. Simpson and Patty Hearst, focuses on the Rehnquist court and their major cases. It was the longest serving court without any changes in justices. Toobin admirably sketches about each justices's character, personality, and judicial philosophy. More reticent justices like David Souther and Stephen Breyer emerge from the shadows, and the influence and importance of Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the court, is articulated. While sometimes filled with legal jargon and arcana, it is an often fascinating look at major issues the court dealt with, including abortion, gay rights, the death penalty, and, of course, the infamous Bush V. Gore case, which Toobin sees as a taint on the court's legacy (He actually wrote another book about it.). I'm no lawyer, but I found this book "guilty" of being a good read!

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