Perry illuminates the Supreme Court's unique advantages in
sustaining a noble public image by its stewardship of the revered
Constitution, its constant embrace of the rule of law, the
justices' life tenure, its symbols of impartiality and integrity,
and a resolute determination to keep its distance from the media.
She argues that the Court has bolstered these advantages to avoid
traps that have marred Congressional and presidential images, and
she demonstrates how the Court has escaped the worst of media
In this detailed examination of the Court, its justices,
decisions, facilities, and programs as well as its place in modern
American culture, Perry illustrates that the Court has consciously
endeavored to preserve its exalted standing. "The Priestly Tribe"
provides an original and insightful analysis of this intriguing
judicial institution for students and scholars of the Court and the
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