Closing the Courthouse Door: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable


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Yale University Press
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6.4 X 1.2 X 9.3 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.


"Documents the hostility of the Rehnquist and Roberts courts to the enforcement of citizens' constitutional rights. . . . Clear, cogent, passionate and persuasive. . . . Awash in examples of disturbing decisions of the Supreme Court."--Glenn C. Altschuler, Huffington Post
"Powerful and impassioned . . . anything but dry reading. Its cogent analysis is enhanced by practical steps for enabling federal courts to again truly enforce the U.S. Constitution."--Publishers Weekly
"Chemerinsky shows how judicial deference undercuts democracy in significant ways. . . . This book is the strongest argument I have seen in favor of judicial power."--Kent Greenfield, author of The Myth of Choice
"Few principles are more basic to constitutional law than the notion that if justice is to have meaning, it must be equally available to all. Yet as Erwin Chemerinsky shows in this compelling and searing indictment, the Supreme Court has erected barrier after barrier to ordinary citizens who seek nothing more than their day in court. This is a must-read for all who wonder why the promise of equal justice under law has been so severely eroded."--David Cole, Georgetown Law, author of Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law
"In this book, Erwin Chemerinsky has eloquently and persuasively articulated his insightful vision of the unique role of the federal courts in our political system. All Americans--especially those sitting on the federal bench--should take heed."--Martin Redish, Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
"A masterful exposition of how the federal courts are using abstruse and unfounded procedural doctrines, from abstention to standing, to foul away our rights. Not for lawyers only!"--Susan Herman, President, American Civil Liberties Union