Protecting Constitutional Freedoms: A Role for Federal Courts

Synopsis

The federal courts, believes Braveman, are being systematically closed to individuals challenging the constitutionality of the conduct of state officials. Debate over the role of the federal court system in upholding constitutional rights is not new to readers of law journals and scholarly articles, but is here made accessible to the general public. Braveman gives a historical overview of the emergence of the federal courts as the guardian of constitutional rights, and focuses on specific cases and doctrines to illustrate a radical change in our judicial philosophy.