Overruling Democracy The Supreme Court Versus the American People

ISBN-10: 0415948959
ISBN-13: 9780415948951
Edition: 2004
Authors: Jamin B. Raskin
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/14/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946

The Supreme Court has recently issued decisions announcing that citizens have neither a constitutional right to vote, nor the right to an education. Conservative judges have continually disavowed claims to any rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution. InOverruling Democracy,celebrated law professor Jamin B. Raskin, argues that we need to develop a whole new set of rights, through amendments or court decisions, that revitalize and protect the democracy of everyday life. Detailing specific cases through interesting narratives,Overruling Democracydescribes the transgressions of the Supreme Court against the Constitution and the people - and the faulty reasoning behind them -- and lays out the plan for the best way to back a more democratic system.

Jamie Raskin is a professor of Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, and Legislative Process and founding Director of the Program on Law and Government (with the late Tom Sargentich). Professor Raskin also worked with Professor Steve Wermiel to found the acclaimed Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which began at WCL but has spread across the country to more than 20 different law schools; the Project has sent many thousands of law students nationwide into public high schools to teach high school students a semester-long course about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The bestselling author of Overruling Democracy: the Supreme Court versus the American People and We the Students: Supreme Court Cases for and About Students, Raskin is also a State Senator in Maryland, where he represents Silver Spring and Takoma Park and serves on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and chairs the Special Committee on Ethics Reform. He has been described as the Senate's "constitutional authority" (Washington Post), the "whiz kid of the General Assembly" (Silver Spring Voice) and "one of Maryland's Top Ten Most Effective Senators" (Maryland Gazette of Politics and Business). He has successfully introduced and championed numerous nationally significant and landmark pieces of legislation, including the first National Popular Vote law in America, the first Benefit Corporation Law in America, marriage equality, the Maryland Farm-to-Schools Act, felon reenfranchisement, the lowering of the state voter registration age to 16, and giving 17-year olds the right to vote in primary elections. Working with WCL externs who join him for Maryland's 90 -day legislative session, Raskin has seen more than 50 of his bills pass into law. Professor Raskin and his wife Sarah, a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board, have three teenage children.

Acknowledgments
The Supreme Court and America's Democracy Deficit
The Court Supreme: Bush v. Gore and the Judicial Assault on Democracy
Reading Democracy Out: The Citizen Has No Right to Vote and the Majority Doesn't Rule
Unequal Protection: The Supreme Court's Racial Double Standard in Redistricting
America's Signature Exclusion: How Democracy Is Made Safe for the Two-Party System
"Arrogant Orwellian Bureaucrats": How America's Electoral-Industrial Complex Controls Our Political Debates and Gerrymanders Your Mind
Schooling for Democracy
Democracy and the Corporation
Unflagging Patriotism: The People, the Flag, and the Constitution
Democracy Rising: Overruling the Court, Rerighting America
Notes
Index

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