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A postscript on ‘The Nine’

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Monica, I was also surprised to learn that the Supreme Court does not always function as we think it would or should. For example, I was very surprised to read that at no time after hearing the attorneys’ arguments do the justices meet all together in conference to discuss the legal issues. I would have […] [Read More]
Categories: Book club choice, Legal

Office politics among the nine

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One of the most surprising discoveries for readers of Toobin’s book is that Supreme Court justices are subject to the vagaries of office politics and annoyances. Apparently, former Chief Justice Warren Burger was disorganized and, frankly, not always so good at being a chief justice. Discussions meandered aimlessly and ended inconclusively. Justices sometimes thought that […] [Read More]

Book shopping: A few good purchases

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I checked out the newly opened Barnes and Noble on 86th and Lexington in New York this past weekend, gift card in hand. The store is so huge, I hardly knew what to look at first. I picked through the fiction, quirky non-fiction bestsellers and cooking section on the first level, giving the second basement […] [Read More]

Memories of the late Frank McCourt, seven months after our interview

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When I interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt back on Jan. 20, in anticipation of his talk at Purchase (N.Y.) College the following week, he sounded positively vibrant. His incisive remarks on the American education system, memoir writing and the inauguration of President Barack Obama bespoke a man who was still very much passionate about […] [Read More]

Hearings and judicial activism

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I think Chris’ summary of the main issue presented in this book is very insightful.  The Supreme Court has become the battlefield for the ideological battles being fought between factions — the Democrats and Republicans, the liberals and the conservatives, those who want religion in public places and those who think religion has no place there, […] [Read More]
Categories: Book club choice, Legal

Confirmations and WWSD*

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Buried within the ideological debate that Toobin sets up, as Chris points out, in the first 100 pages or so of “The Nine,” are little tidbits that hint at the way confirmation hearings have changed. I imagine it was frustrating for anyone of any political stripe to pay too much attention to the confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia […] [Read More]

Sad book news

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Frank McCourt, the author of “Angela’s Ashes,” has died at the age of 78. [Read More]
Categories: General

The Nine: Toobin frames a constitutional debate

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In the first chapters of “The Nine,” Jeffrey Toobin’s look into the history, personalities and often opaque workings of our nation’s highest court, the author sets up the back story for what has become one of the most protracted political and ideological debates in American jurisprudence; that of so-called judicial activism versus strict constructionism. Toobin […] [Read More]
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Evans brings methane hydrate debate to the surface with new novel

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I’ve nearly finished “Frozen Fire,” the new techno-thriller by Greenwich resident Bill Evans, and it’s clear the WABC meteorologist can do more than give the weather report — he also tells an engaging story. Even more importantly, Evans has brought to the surface a little-known, but highly divisive debate over the potential use of methane […] [Read More]

Looking at the high court from a legal point of view

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As an attorney who has practiced during the Rehnquist and now the Roberts era – where 5 to 4 decisions are a common occurrence — I hold my breath each time an important decision comes down from the Supreme Court because of the enormous impact these decisions have on our lives. Two examples close to […] [Read More]
Categories: Book club choice, Legal