Five Chiefs

Five Chiefs

A Supreme Court Memoir

Book - 2011
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Former Justice Stevens discusses the accomplishments of the earliest Chief Justices and the role of Chief Justice, profiles each of the Chief Justices he knew personally and their most important cases, and describes his relationship with each.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316199803
Branch Call Number: 340 STE
Characteristics: vii, 292 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Apr 29, 2013

A bizarre book, especially in light of their Bush v. Gore decision, and Citizens United decision (always with Ted Olson as the attorney on the bad side). The Supreme Court denied the Florida recount because they held that American citizens don't have the constitutional right to vote.

Apr 29, 2013

Chatty legal memoir by Justice Stephens about the five Chief Justices with whom he had dealings. Occasionally the discussion gets into obtuse principles of constitutional law. But there are other attractions to this book: for example, who knew that there are spitoons behind the US Supreme Court bench? Or that Justices Stephens and Breyer agreed that the Bush Campaign's application to stay the Florida recount was so frivolous that the Court would never grant it? Justice Stephens manages to roundly criticize some of the decisions by some in the conservative wing of the Court without resorting to name calling. And he didn't especially like Chief Justice Rehnquist's gold stripes, but confirms what other justices have said: that Rehnquist was a very efficient Chief Justice who was fair to all wings of the Court. A good read for lawyers and laypersons interested in the workings of the Court


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