Justice Kennedys Jurisprudence: The Full and Necessary Meaning of Liberty Frank J. Colucci

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Justice Kennedys Jurisprudence: The Full and Necessary Meaning of Liberty  by  Frank J. Colucci

Justice Kennedys Jurisprudence: The Full and Necessary Meaning of Liberty by Frank J. Colucci
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To understand todays Supreme Court, it is essential to understand the judicial philosophy of its swing vote. For twenty years, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has voted with the majority more than any of his colleagues. He has provided the deciding voteMoreTo understand todays Supreme Court, it is essential to understand the judicial philosophy of its swing vote.

For twenty years, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has voted with the majority more than any of his colleagues. He has provided the deciding vote in cases involving politically charged issues such as affirmative action, the 2000 presidential election, religious expression, gay rights, and executive power to detain suspected terrorists. With a record reliably neither liberal nor conservative, Kennedy has generally been viewed as a capricious, indecisive moderate.Frank Colucci, however, argues that Kennedy indeed displays a coherent approach to constitutional interpretation.

Colucci digs deep into the Justices record, offering a close analysis of not only of Kennedys opinions on the Court but also his prior opinions on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, his off-the-bench speeches delivered before becoming a Justice, and his testimony at confirmation hearings. Colucci identifies Kennedys core belief: that judges have a duty to ensure the word liberty in the Constitution be given its full and necessary meaning.Colucci shows that Kennedy rejects theories of originalism and judicial restraint.

Instead, Kennedy adopts a moral reading of the Constitution--similar to that championed by Ronald Dworkin and Randy Barnett as well as former Justice William J. Brennan--in which liberty and human dignity trump even democracy.Depicting Kennedy as seeking an alternative to the perceived excesses of both the Warren Court and originalist overreaction, Colucci also compares Kennedys rhetoric to Catholic teaching and shows him as struggling to disassociate his personal beliefs from his official duties. Separate chapters offer close readings of Kennedys jurisprudence regarding abortion, free speech, equality, and government structure.Coluccis persuasive account offers readers a more nuanced understanding of Justice Kennedys arguments about the nature of personal liberty and the proper role of courts in defining and enforcing it.



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