Narrowing the Nation's Power: The Supreme Court Sides with the States

Narrowing the Nation's Power: The Supreme Court Sides with the States

Narrowing the Nation's Power: The Supreme Court Sides with the States

Narrowing the Nation's Power: The Supreme Court Sides with the States

Synopsis

"John T. Noonan, Jr., brings impeccable scholarly and judicial credentials to his dramatic accusation that five members of the Supreme Court are systematically thwarting justice to Americans through a states rights policy that is essentially political and without basis in the Constitution. Judge Noonan's stature as a leading conservative thinker gives added prestige to this compact, lively and riveting account."--Norman Dorsen, Stokes Professor of Law, New York University; President of the ACLU, l976-l99l

"Written by a great scholar, independent thinker, lucid writer, and superb advocate, John T. Noonan, Jr.'s "Narrowing the Nation's Power provides a devastating attack on the logic of the Supreme Court's revival of states' rights, and makes complex legal doctrine enjoyable and readily understandable reading."--Jesse H. Choper, Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, University of California

Excerpt

A unique contribution of the United States to civilization is the invention of religious liberty. No nation before our own had moved beyond tolerance. No nation had made freedom of religion a cherished value. No nation had designated “exercise”, not mere opinion, as the value guaranteed. No nation had ever guaranteed in a written constitution that the nation would enact no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion.

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