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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]
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One last postscript on Roberts

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I thought I would make one last post about Roberts as we put her book out to pasture and delve into what looks like a much more fascinating read. I’m still a little embarrassed by how awful the A-Rod book was. As I said in the beginning, I was never in it for him, but […] [Read More]
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Toobin, O.J. and the New Yorker

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A few months ago I attended a talk by Tina Brown, part of a magazine journalism lecture series at Columbia University, where she mostly talked about her newest venture, The Daily Beast. Brown is most famous for her stints as editor at Vanity Fair and the New Yorker, where she helped launch the careers of […] [Read More]

RBG’s place in the nine

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What’s most interesting to me about “The Nine” — and the primary reason I’ve wanted to read it — is that it reveals the amazing and eccentric characters our Supreme Court is made of. Perhaps none more so that David Souter, the retiring justice whose seat Judge Sonia Sotomayor hopes to fill once he retreats […] [Read More]
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‘The Nine’ of the Supreme Court

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For our second book selection, we’ll be reading “The Nine”, Jeffrey Toobin’s inside look at the tail end of the Rehnquist court (no, not the short-lived series on ABC.) All of this is just in time to talk about what role Judge Sonia Sotormayor hopes to play on the court she might join. Not whether […] [Read More]
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A breezy day in Devil’s Den

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I went hiking in the Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil’s Den Preserve in Weston Friday and, for the first time, I understood the inspiration for the naturalists and poets from New England. It was such a breezy day, with the sun lightly but steadily pressing through the shade just enough to remind me that it was summer, and […] [Read More]

Now I feel bad

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Well, I finished “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez.” It didn’t end as badly, with all the heavy psychoanalysis, as it began. But it didn’t end well. The book didn’t really tell us anything about Rodriguez, it didn’t make a hard and fast case that he is a cheater, and it didn’t tell us […] [Read More]

In Florence with no Baedeker: Reading ‘A Room With a View’

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My perusal of E.M. Forster’s classic novel began with such good intentions.  With wholesome, faintly academic fervor, I embraced the prospect of reading  the imperishable “A Room With a View” after several months of contemporary  fiction. I love modern novelists, but I was ready to return, for a moment, to 1908, the year the novel […] [Read More]