Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy Vetting Day(s)!

The vetting of Sonia Sotomayor has begun and I do not envy her. Over the next several days her every public statement, every published thought, and every legal decision will be excruciatingly examined. The vetting process is typically an impressive display of cool-as-a-cucumber defense as partisan senators launch attack after attack. John Roberts came through unscathed, so too did Samuel Alito. My money says Sonia Sotomayor will as well and will be confirmed as a United States Supreme Court justice.

The vetting process is ruthless, but considering the Supreme Court is comprised of the nine elite of the elite, it is a necessary process. For discussion of the inner workings of the Court and significant moments in Court history, check out some of the following recent titles.

The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court: the Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America

Supreme Conflict: the Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court: an Essential History

Sorcerers' Apprentices: 100 Years of Law Clerks at the United States Supreme Court

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