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Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices
 
 
Author
Noah Feldman.
Publisher Twelve  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.6 inches
ISBN 9780446580571
Pages/Publication Date 513/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30348
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"After the court-packing fiasco of 1937, Supreme Court vacancies gave FDR his opportunities to install liberals on the tribunal. What happened next propels [Noah] Feldman's narrative, which centers on four of the president's picks: Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, William O. Douglas, and Robert Jackson. New Deal credentials each may have had, but once in robes, each adopted divergent approaches to judging. By so personifying competing modes of constitutional interpretation, Feldman, a law professor, elevates the story from specialty to general interest and, to boot, embroiders technicalities about original intent and the like with animosities that roiled the quartet. Jackson loathed Black; Frankfurter thought Black a legal incompetent; and Douglas' presidential ambition alienated his colleagues, as did Douglas' results-driven way of deciding cases. Taking readers into the conference room, Feldman shows this unpolished side of the Supreme Court in cases of the 1940s, culminating in his account about how Frankfurter achieved unanimity in the landmark desegregation case of Brown v. Board of Education. The interpersonal factor in court politics is knowledgeably displayed in Feldman's intriguing account."Booklist
 
 
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