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Synopsis: Suffering from a bad heart, emphysema, glaucoma, and deafness, Thurgood Marshall finally retired from the Supreme Court at the age of 82 in spite of having always claimed "I was appointed to a life term, and I intend to serve it." Many observers felt he should have left much earlier.
Life appointments make Supreme Court justices among the most powerful officials in government and allow even dysfunctional judges to stay on long after they should have departed. For that reason, when a justice leaves the bench is often as controversial as when he's appointed. This first comprehensive historical treatment of their deaths, resignations, and retirements explains when and why justices do step down. It considers the diverse circumstances under which they leave office and clarifies why they often are reluctant to, showing how factors like pensions, party loyalty, or personal pride come into play. It also relates physical ailments to mental faculties, offering examples of how a justice's disability sometimes affects Court decisions.
David Atkinson examines each of the nearly 100 men who have left the bench and provides anecdotal glimpses into the lives of famous and obscure justices alike. He reveals how men like Salmon Chase and William O. Douglas determinedly continued to serve after suffering strokes, how Joseph McKenna persevered despite knowing he was professionally unqualified, and how, long before Thurgood Marshall, the ailing octogenarian Gabriel Duvall finally retired after struggling to protect another ideological position on the Court.
Ultimately, Atkinson shows just how human these people are and enhances our understanding of how the Court conducts its business. He also suggests specific ways to improve the present situation, weighing the pros and cons of mandatory retirement and calling for reform in the delegation of duties to law clerks—who in recent years have dominated the actual writing of many justices' decisions.
As the current Court ages, how long might we expect justices to remain on the bench? Because our next president will likely make several appointments, now is the time to consider what shape the Supreme Court will take in the next century. Offering a wealth of information never before collected, Leaving the Bench provides substantial grist for that debate and will serve as an unimpeachable reference on the Court.
From the Back Cover: "Beautifully organized and written, this is the first systematic effort to pull together and analyze Supreme Court deaths, resignations, and retirements. As such, it makes a significant contribution to the field." --Tinsley E. Yarbrough, author of Judicial Enigma: The First Justice Harlan
"This is clearly a book for Supreme Court junkies, and I am one of those. A pleasure to read, it is filled with lots of fascinating detail about the medical conditions of justices and their ultimate demise. This makes for both engaging and, at times, macabre reading. Atkinson's purpose, of course, is not simply to entertain. He is concerned with the impact of judicial disability on the workings of the Supreme Court throughout its history and grapples with potential solutions to the problems it poses."--Sheldon Goldman, author of Picking Federal Judges: Lower Court Selection from Roosevelt through Reagan
Title: Leaving the Bench: Supreme Court Justices at...
Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas
Publication Date: 1999
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 0th Edition.
Book Description Univ Pr of Kansas, 1999. Book Condition: Good. 0th Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP3201880
Book Description Univ Pr of Kansas, 1999. Book Condition: Very Good. 0th Edition. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP76649542
Book Description Univ Pr of Kansas, 1999. Book Condition: Good. 0th Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP95827878
Book Description University Press of Kansas. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2548595559
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Book Description Univ Pr of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A., 1999. Hardcover - Black. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Unstated First Edition. 0700609466 Unstated First Edition, Second Printing (per number line). Copyright 1999. No marks or damage from past owners, not a former library book, not a remainder or book club, not clipped, Hardcover. From rear cover blurb: "'Beautifully organized and written, this is the first systematic effort to pull together and analyze Supreme Court deaths, resignations, and retirements. As such, it makes a significant contribution to the field.' 'This is clearly a book for Supreme Court junkies. A pleasure to read.'" Save for faint scratching and a bit of creasing at spine head, dust jacket is in as-new condition. With its clean black cloth boards and silver gilt lettering (on spine), hardcover is likewise in nearly-new condition; slight creasing at spine ends is the only apparent defect. Binding is tight, and though page edges show a bit of rippling, pages themselves are clean, with no marking or highlighting. All books shipped within 24 hours with U.S. Postal Service Delivery Confirmation, each order is packaged in a new box with bubble wrap, and always your satisfaction is guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 011449
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