Charged with the
responsibility of interpreting the Constitution, the Supreme Court has the
awesome power to strike down laws enacted by our elected representatives. Why
does the public accept the Court’s decisions as legitimate and follow them,
even when those decisions are highly unpopular? What must the Court do to
maintain the public’s faith? How can it help make our democracy work?
In this groundbreaking book, Justice Stephen
Breyer tackles these questions and more, offering an original approach to
interpreting the Constitution that judges, lawyers, and scholars will look to
for many years to come. Breyer delivers an impassioned argument for the proper
role of America’s highest judicial body and examines historic and contemporary
decisions by the Court, highlighting the rulings that have bolstered public
confidence as well as the missteps that have triggered distrust.
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