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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Law - GPO posts massive analysis of constitutional cases decided by the SCOTUS
This is been an ongoing U.S. Senate project, sometimes published with updates. But here, current to June 26, 2013, is "The Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation, Centennial Edition."
It is a nearly 15MB PDF document. From this GPO page, you can download or view it whole, or by sections. I'd recommend starting with the "Introduction to the 2012 Centennial Edition," which begins:
The need for a comprehensive treatise on the Constitution was apparent to Congress from early in the 20th century. In 1911, the Senate Manual (a compilation of the Senate’s parliamentary procedures) included the United States Constitution and amendments with citations to U.S. Supreme Court constitutional decisions. A century later, the field of constitutional law has expanded exponentially. As a result, this present iteration of that early publication exceeds 2300 hundred pages, and references almost 6000 cases. Consistent with its publication in the 21st Century, this volume is available at the website of the Government Printing Office and will be updated regularly as Supreme Court cases are decided. * * *
This brief survey is primarily a suggestive review of the Court’s treatment of the doctrines of constitutional law over the last sixty years, with a closer focus on issues that have arisen since the last volume of this treatise was published ten years ago. For instance, in previous editions we noted the rise of federalism concerns, but only in the last two decade has the strength of the Court’s deference toward states become apparent. Conversely, in this treatise as well as in previous ones, we note the rise of the equal protection clause as a central concept of constitutional jurisprudence in the period 1952–1982. Although that rise has somewhat abated in recent years, the clause remains one of the predominant sources of constitutional constraints upon the Federal Government and the States. Similarly, the due process clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, recently slowed in their expansion, remain significant both in terms of procedural protections for civil and criminal litigants and in terms of the application of substantive due process to personal liberties.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 18, 2013 10:12 AM
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