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Can the government seize your house to build a shopping mall? Can it determine what control you have over your own body? Can police search your cellphone? The answers to those questions come from the Supreme Court, whose rulings have shaped American life and justice and allowed Americans to retain basic freedoms such as privacy, free speech, and the right to a fair trial. Can the government seize your house to build a shopping mall? Can it determine what control you have over your own body? Can police search your cellphone? The answers to those questions come from the Supreme Court, whose rulings have shaped American life and justice and allowed Americans to retain basic freedoms such as privacy, free speech, and the right to a fair trial. Especially relevant in light of Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, as President Obama gears for a fight over nominating his successor, and as we prepare to elect a new president who may get to appoint other justices, the revised and updated edition of Michael G. Trachtman’s page-turner includes ten important new cases from 2010 to 2015. In addition, a special section features analyses of the new term rulings planned for June 2016.   The new cases include : Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), which restricts the right of governments to limit campaign contributions by corporations and unions; Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014), which allows a religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act requirement that corporations pay for contraceptive coverage for their employees; Riley v. California (2014), which ruled that police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest; and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.


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Can the government seize your house to build a shopping mall? Can it determine what control you have over your own body? Can police search your cellphone? The answers to those questions come from the Supreme Court, whose rulings have shaped American life and justice and allowed Americans to retain basic freedoms such as privacy, free speech, and the right to a fair trial. Can the government seize your house to build a shopping mall? Can it determine what control you have over your own body? Can police search your cellphone? The answers to those questions come from the Supreme Court, whose rulings have shaped American life and justice and allowed Americans to retain basic freedoms such as privacy, free speech, and the right to a fair trial. Especially relevant in light of Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, as President Obama gears for a fight over nominating his successor, and as we prepare to elect a new president who may get to appoint other justices, the revised and updated edition of Michael G. Trachtman’s page-turner includes ten important new cases from 2010 to 2015. In addition, a special section features analyses of the new term rulings planned for June 2016.   The new cases include : Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), which restricts the right of governments to limit campaign contributions by corporations and unions; Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014), which allows a religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act requirement that corporations pay for contraceptive coverage for their employees; Riley v. California (2014), which ruled that police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest; and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

30 review for The Supremes' Greatest Hits, 2nd Revised Updated Edition: The 44 Supreme Court Cases That Most Directly Affect Your Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jsavett1

    I read this to satiate my Supremes thirst. I wanted a book to serve as a reference and overview of the Court’s most “important” decisions. What I was looking for was a survey of jurisprudential literacy. And this is what this book is. I’m glad I read it. I gave it three stars, however, only because its analyses of the casework and quotations from the majority and dissenting opinions is scant. I know this seems like punishing a text for being what it claims to be. How much deep legal scholarship can I read this to satiate my Supremes thirst. I wanted a book to serve as a reference and overview of the Court’s most “important” decisions. What I was looking for was a survey of jurisprudential literacy. And this is what this book is. I’m glad I read it. I gave it three stars, however, only because its analyses of the casework and quotations from the majority and dissenting opinions is scant. I know this seems like punishing a text for being what it claims to be. How much deep legal scholarship can be expected (I don’t mean this pejoratively) from a book about this institution called The Supremes’ Greatest Hits? My answer? More than this provides! Let it be said that this book does an excellent job fully delivering on its subtitle’s implied promise: “The 44 Court Cases That Most Affect Your Life.” Trachtman’s explanations are always entertaining and informative.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary D

    This is a good book for the layman who wants to know the basics about some of the Supreme court cases that have an impact on our daily lives. The book is broken out in sections regarding specific rights, for example: The Right to Do What You Want (The Right to Privacy / Abortion / Guns/ etc). It is very easy to understand.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Van Curen

    A great overview of many of the important cases the Supreme Court has argued throughout the history of the US. Trachtman interprets the cases in a way a layman can understand and offers up important questions that may come up when we interpret the Constitution in the future.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason Payne

    Better than the other I read. More contextualizing of the SCOTUS decisions.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    excellent review of supreme court cases for the layman.

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    Steve

    A great short and concise summary of the Supreme Court decisions that have ha done most impact on American life

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