The View of the Courts from the Hill explores the current interactions and relationship between the U.S. Congress and federal courts using a qgovernance as dialogueq approach, which argues that constitutional interpretation in the United States is a continuous and complex conversation among all the institutions of government. Expanding on his previous work on this important theme, Mark C. Miller has interviewed numerous key players specifically for this book. His subjects include members of Congress, federal judges, congressional staff, employees of the judicial branch, lobbyists, and others with an interest in the courts. Their candid and thorough comments provide an invaluable resource for students and scholars eager to explore the dynamics between congressional and judicial forces as they have evolved over the past two decades. The book examines customary interactions between Congress and the federal courtsaespecially the U.S. Supreme Courtaas well as extraordinary conflicts between the two branches of government both today and throughout American history. Miller gives special attention to recent attempts by social conservatives in Congress to silence the voice of the courts in the inter-institutional dialogue through the use of court-stripping measures, threats of impeachment of federal judges, and a proposal for an inspector general for the courts. Particular focus is placed on the interactions between the courts and the House Judiciary Committee under Republican control, as well as the approach taken by the Religious Right toward federal judges and the federal courts in general. The book concludes with a call for the protection of judicial independence in order to preserve the voice of the federal courts in the constitutional interpretation dialogue.Although FDRa#39;s Court-Packing Plan is widely credited with forcing the Supreme Court to change its position on the constitutionality of the New Deal, it should be noted that Justice Roberts changed his vote at conference in December 1936, anbsp;...
|Title||:||The View of the Courts from the Hill|
|Author||:||Mark C. Miller|
|Publisher||:||University of Virginia Press - 2009-04-28|