By Bernard Schwartz
Who're the head ten maximum splendid court docket Justices of all time? who're the worst ten? Which superb court docket choice helped result in the Civil battle? What are the 10 maximum and worst very best court docket judgements? What are the 10 most sensible court docket videos? Who was once the final to take advantage of the superb court docket spittoon? Who was once the 1st Justice to put on trousers underneath his ultimate courtroom robes?
From John Marshall, the best very best courtroom Justice, to Alfred Moore, one of many worst, Bernard Schwartz's A ebook of felony Lists--the first ever compiled--provides the 10 Bests and Worsts in American legislations (and additionally contains solutions to a hundred and fifty trivialities questions about the criminal world). The lists contain the best dissents and ultimate court docket "might have beens;" maximum non-Supreme courtroom judges (Lemuel Shaw, #1 at the maximum checklist, performed a famous function in recasting universal legislation into an American mold); maximum and worst non-Supreme court docket judgements; maximum legislation books; attorneys (including Alexander Hamilton, Clarence Darrow "Attorney for the Damned", and Abraham Lincoln); trials; and maximum felony movies. each one record access has a quick essay through Schwartz explaining why it's a top or a worst, and it really is in those essays that we achieve a wealth of knowledge concerning the criminal global. We research, for example, that Sherman Minton, quantity ten at the Worst ideally suited courtroom Justices record, was once any such nonentity that he can be most sensible remembered because the final to take advantage of the spittoon supplied for every Justice in the back of the bench. earlier than he turned leader Justice, William H. Rehnquist was once identified for enjoying Trivial Pursuit at the bench, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote 873 reviews for the courtroom (the so much in its history), and Roger Brooke Taney, quantity ten at the maximum superb courtroom Justices record, was once the 1st leader Justice to put on trousers underneath his gowns (his predecessors had consistently given judgment in knee breeches).
Stretching again to the early 1700s, the legislation and the judges who interpret it have maintained a gentle presence in our lives--sometimes for greater, occasionally for worse. From disappointments like Plessy v. Ferguson (number at the Ten Worst splendid court docket judgements list), which gave the misinform the yank perfect "that all males are created equal," to lesser identified yet no less significant judgements corresponding to the 1933 United States v. One publication known as "Ulysses", (number 9 at the Ten maximum Non-Supreme courtroom judgements) the landmark First modification case that eased the legislations governing censorship, Bernard Schwartz offers felony specialists and non-experts alike with pleasing details in a layout that may be came upon nowhere else.
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Before his appointment, he was known for his interest in libertarian causes, and it was expected that, on the Court, he would continue along a liberal path. Yet if one thing is certain, it is that it is risky to make predictions of how new appointees to the Court will behave. Frankfurter seemed altogether different as a Justice than he had been off the bench. From academic eminence behind the New Deal to leader of the conservative Court cabal— that was the way press and public tended to tag Justice Frankfurter.
Samuel Chase Samuel Chase (1741-1811) has an important place in Supreme Court history as the only Justice to have been impeached. That is not, however, why he is included in this list. Chase had been a leader in Maryland in the fight for independence and had legal ability. But his extreme political partisanship made him the epitome of all that a Justice should not be. In 1800, the Court could not sit because of the absence of a quorum. During that time, Chase was busy in his state working for President Adams's reelection.
Yet his opinions were too often unpolished, as though he lacked the interest for the sustained work involved in transforming first drafts into finished products. Although Chief Justice Warren came to appreciate Douglas's supporting votes, he felt that the peripatetic Justice spent too much time writing nonlegal books and doing things not related to the Court. With all his potential, Douglas made little significant contribution to jurisprudence; in Supreme Court history, he is now remembered primarily as Justice Black's auxiliary among the Justices.
A Book of Legal Lists: The Best and Worst in American Law, with 150 Court and Judge Trivia Questions by Bernard Schwartz