Monthly Archive for July, 2009

: July, 2009

A postscript on ‘The Nine’

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

Office politics among the nine

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

Book shopping: A few good purchases

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

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

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

Hearings and judicial activism

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

Confirmations and WWSD*

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

Sad book news

Frank McCourt, the author of “Angela’s Ashes,” has died at the age of 78.

The Nine: Toobin frames a constitutional debate

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

Evans brings methane hydrate debate to the surface with new novel

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

Looking at the high court from a legal point of view

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