One of the nation's leading authorities on constitutional law shows
how the Supreme Court's dramatic shift to the right on the most
important legal issues of our time reflects a rigid Republican
ideological agenda that is profoundly altering our freedoms and our
- Expert analysis: Drawing largely on cases he has argued, Erwin
Chemerinsky describes how rigid ideology has trumped reason in
cases ranging from "three strikes laws" to laws limiting the
ability of citizens to bring suit for damages and infringements on
their liberties. He explains how the political right wing has been
steadily eroding the constitutional barriers between church and
state, fostering separate but unequal public schools, limiting
civil liberties and affirmative action programs. Although many
Americans are aware of this rightward shift on the Supreme Court,
Chemerinsky shows how these changes have victimized ordinary
- Timely subject will attract attention: With publication at the
start of a new term for the Court and with a new justice joining
it, The Conservative Assault on the Constitution will draw much
attention, especially from political commentators. As a
constitutional scholar, author of a leading textbook on
constitutional law, and a frequent commentator on legal issues,
Chemerinsky is certain to be in demand to comment on the Court's
agenda for the coming term, in addition to the long-term trends
that he discusses in his book.
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