The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties Policy

The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties Policy

The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties Policy

The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties Policy

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This book is intended for use as a supplementary text in undergraduate university courses in American government, civil liberties, and the judicial process. It consists of relatively brief commentaries on the more salient issues of civil liberties policy that have been the subject of contemporary Supreme Court decisions, with accompanying case studies of specific decisions of the Court in those areas that have loomed large in recent years.

The text differs from the typical casebook in constitutional law, which commonly contains many excerpts from Supreme Court opinions plus brief explanatory notes. The bulk of this work is devoted to in-depth case studies of the litigation in six recent Supreme Court decisions in the civil liberties field. Its purpose is not only to acquaint students with some substantive areas of civil liberties policy, but also to emphasize the process of constitutional litigation as a policy-making process. The cases selected, therefore, concern the most salient areas of policy with which the Supreme Court has recently dealt, and the studies analyze the litigation in federal and state courts, trial and appellate, in the hope of convey-

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