Item description for Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice by Kevin A. Ring & Antonin Scalia...
Overview Presents speeches, rulings, and opinions that reveal the wit and intelligence of the controversial justice both on and off the bench.
Publishers Description Collecting the writing of the Supreme Court's most outspoken and controversial justice, the author presents speeches, rulings, and opinions that reveal Scalia's wit and intelligence both on the bench and off.
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Studio: Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 7, 2004
Publisher Regnery Publishing, Inc.
ISBN 0895260530 ISBN13 9780895260536
Reviews - What do customers think about Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice?
Character & the Constitution- two things that don't change! Apr 5, 2008
I had previously recomended this work to several friends- buying it this time for my sons (14 & 17) to read. They also enjoyed Justice Scalia's candor and forthright approach to legal reasoning.
Great insight into Scalia's mind and legal philosophy Jan 16, 2008
The only complaint I have about this book is that it dragged on for slightly too long. Other than that, it is a great summary of Scalia's most influential opinions and accurately summarizes his judicial philosophy and view.
Scalia's great, but this book isn't worth it Jan 9, 2008
I am a HUGE Scalia fan and agree with him on most constitutional and statutory questions, in addition to loving his sense of humor and wit. But for the life of me, I can't imagine why anybody would want to spend money on this book. The book is simply a handful of truncated Scalia opinions without the majority opinions to which he's responding.
All of these opinions can be accessed for free in their COMPLETE form from any number of legal websites (such as FindLaw, for instance). More importantly, those websites, unlike Ring's book, include the majority and concurring opinions in those cases, giving the reader at least the option of seeing what Scalia's opposition actually wrote.
Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice Aug 31, 2007
~Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice~ is an intriguing anthology of some of the most pivotal Supreme Court cases during the tenure of associate Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia has been a vigorous proponent of textualism in legal statutory interpretation and originalism as it relates to construction of the Constitution. He has been a passionate critic of the idea of a Living Constitution, declaring in tongue-in-cheek fashion that, "I like my Constitution dead." Though, Scalia is considered a conservative, he takes a more favorable view of national power and may be considered a partisan of Alexander Hamilton. At a conference on federalism, Scalia urged his colleagues to embrace a positive view of federal power "as Hamilton would have urged you--to keep in mind that the federal government is not bad but good. The trick is to use it wisely." Yet on the same token, Scalia has eschewed attempts to bring every issue under the jurisdiction of the federal judiciary. Moreover, he has been a relentless advocate of judicial restraint. Scalia proclaimed defiantly, "The Court must be living in another world. Day by day, case by case, it is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize." And later, he avowed, "This Court seems incapable of admitting that some matters--any matters--are none of its business." In moments of sober-minded reflectiveness, Scalia recaptures the forgotten lineaments of the constitutional federal republic, in his thoughtful dissenting opinions. For example, he has vigorously defended the separation of powers, and protested the abuse, misuse, and creation of free-wheeling independent counsels and sentencing commissions which rob judges of their discretion in adjudicating justice. He has challenged federal absurdities relating to mandated preferential treatment for ethnic minorities and peoples with disabilities. Though, Scalia has aggravated some conservatives at the same time, such as his majority opinion in Employment Division v. Smith (1990), which religious conservatives believe struck a blow at the free exercise of religion by laying the groundwork for more devastating precedents. What makes the book funny, for any pre-law or law student who may recollect, Scalia has a witty sense of humor. Kevin Ring captures a few of those so called Scalia moments. Objecting to the judicial activism of the radical separation of church and state crowd, Scalia has protested the precedent set in the Lemon case, declaring: "Like some ghoul in a late-night horror movie that repeatedly sits up in its grave and shuffles abroad, after being repeatedly killed and buried, Lemon stalks our Establishment Clause jurisprudence once again." Overall, this is a thoughtful collection of witty dissents by the Associate Justice. Though, I am a textualist and an originalist as well, I could take issue with a few of Scalia's opinions as they relate to civil liberties, particularly his deference to the present administration admidst the wave of anti-terror legislation that came after 9/11. But still, Scalia's principled jurisprudential philosophy makes the book well worth considering nonetheless. The editor Kevin Ring offers a pensive and succinct overview of Scalia's judicial philosophy at the beginning of this splendid volume.
Judicial Insightful Jun 16, 2007
This book contains a compilation of rulings by conservative Supreme Court associate justice Antonin Scalia, who was appointed to the bench in 1986. Includes his written opinions on religion, abortion, the ASA, gay rights, capital punishment, free speech, and affirmative action, referencing the U.S. Constitution and its historical interpretations. This book will give you an insightful look at our Supreme Court. What better time to read this then now, when some of our federal judges are making laws instead of interpreting and ruling on them as they should be.