Supremely Partisan: How Raw Politics Tips the Scales in the United States Supreme Court

Dec 6, 2016
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The vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has returned to the spotlight, with President-elect Donald Trump promising supporters that he will nominate a conservative justice, and Democrats fuming from Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold a vote on Obama nominee Merrick Garland. In “Supremely Partisan,” Zirin argues the Supreme Court has become increasingly partisan, rapidly making policy choices right and left on bases that have nothing to do with law or the U.S. Constitution. He explains how America arrived at the present situation and looks at the current divide through its leading partisans, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor on the left and and Clarence Thomas and the late Antonin Scalia on the right. Zirin also examines four of the Supreme Court’s most controversial recent decisions – Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), gay marriage and capital punishment – arguing that these politicized decisions threaten to undermine public confidence in the Supreme Court.