A new book looks to foster understanding “The Roberts Court”

Posted Sunday, May. 26, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution By Marcia Coyle Simon & Schuster, $28

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In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a challenge to the use of race by the University of Texas at Austin in its admissions policy. Fisher v. Texas is one of the toughest tests of affirmative action in a decade, and this is likely to be yet another landmark case for the court under the direction of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.

Marcia Coyle, chief correspondent for The National Law Review, gives insight into the first seven years of Roberts’ tenure in The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution. Coyle, who has covered the Supreme Court for 25 years, examines three landmark cases — healthcare, campaign contributions and school desegregation. She considers how the rulings reflect the politics of the justices and the nation.

She goes beyond the majority opinion, to reflect upon what influenced the justices and how the constitutional tug-of-war between conservatives and liberals is being played out through the law. She looks at how the lines are drawn in the court and how judicial activists take that into account when they seek remedy from the justices.

— Jean Marie Brown

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