By Bernard Schwartz
Who're the head ten maximum best court docket Justices of all time? who're the worst ten? Which very best courtroom selection helped bring about the Civil battle? What are the 10 maximum and worst preferrred courtroom judgements? What are the 10 most sensible court video clips? Who was once the final to take advantage of the very best court docket spittoon? Who used to be the 1st Justice to put on trousers underneath his very best court docket robes?
From John Marshall, the best very best courtroom Justice, to Alfred Moore, one of many worst, Bernard Schwartz's A e-book of felony Lists--the first ever compiled--provides the 10 Bests and Worsts in American legislation (and additionally comprises solutions to a hundred and fifty minutiae questions about the criminal world). The lists contain the best dissents and ultimate courtroom "might have beens;" maximum non-Supreme courtroom judges (Lemuel Shaw, number 1 at the maximum record, performed a fashionable function in recasting universal legislations into an American mold); maximum and worst non-Supreme court docket judgements; maximum legislations books; legal professionals (including Alexander Hamilton, Clarence Darrow "Attorney for the Damned", and Abraham Lincoln); trials; and maximum criminal films. each one record access has a brief essay by way of Schwartz explaining why it's a top or a worst, and it really is in those essays that we achieve a wealth of knowledge concerning the felony international. We study, for example, that Sherman Minton, quantity ten at the Worst best court docket Justices record, was once this sort of nonentity that he should be most sensible remembered because the final to take advantage of the spittoon supplied for every Justice at the back of the bench. earlier than he turned leader Justice, William H. Rehnquist used to be recognized for taking part in Trivial Pursuit at the bench, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote 873 critiques for the court docket (the so much in its history), and Roger Brooke Taney, quantity ten at the maximum ideal courtroom Justices record, was once the 1st leader Justice to put on trousers underneath his gowns (his predecessors had consistently given judgment in knee breeches).
Stretching again to the early 1700s, the legislations and the judges who interpret it have maintained a gradual presence in our lives--sometimes for larger, occasionally for worse. From disappointments like Plessy v. Ferguson (number at the Ten Worst excellent court docket judgements list), which gave the mislead the yankee excellent "that all males are created equal," to lesser recognized yet no less significant judgements similar to the 1933 United States v. One booklet known as "Ulysses", (number 9 at the Ten maximum Non-Supreme court docket judgements) the landmark First modification case that eased the legislation governing censorship, Bernard Schwartz presents felony specialists and non-experts alike with exciting info in a structure that may be stumbled on nowhere else.
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B. McReynolds, despite his defects of character, stands by comparison as a towering figure and powerful intellect . . this man is a pygmy, morally and mentally. " 4. James C. McReynolds James C. McReynolds (1862-1946) was undoubtedly the least lovable person ever to sit on the Supreme Court. Justice Holmes called him "insolent" and "arrogant"; he certainly was, in Time's phrase, "intolerably rude . . " When Justice Harlan F. " His anti-Semitism was as pronounced as it has been in any American public figure.
Curtis, who wrote the famous dissent in Dred Scott v. Sandford) were not even ordinary. Almost all of those who served on the Taney Court have remained ciphers in Supreme Court history. When we think of the Presidents between Jackson and Lincoln we must ask, with James Bryce, "who now knows or cares to know anything about the personality of James K. " The same is true of most of the Justices chosen by our pre-Civil War presidents. Almost all of them, too, have been relegated to the obscurity reserved for the Tylers, Buchanans, and other lesser lights who failed to measure up to what those in their high positions should be.
Pierce Butler (1866-1939), Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1922-1939 10. Sherman Minton (1890-1965), Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1949-1956 30 A Book of Legal Lists 1. Alfred Moore "Alfred Moore," begins a biographical sketch of the Justice, "must surely be one of the most unnoticed men ever to sit on the Supreme Court. . " It is not, however, only the fact that Alfred Moore (1755-1810) is all but unknown that warrants his place at the head of this list. Moore himself may have been a man of some ability.
A Book of Legal Lists: The Best and Worst in American Law, with 150 Court and Judge Trivia Questions by Bernard Schwartz