Judicial Modesty

Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court
Michael J. Perry
Cambridge University Press, $75, 264 pp.

Last summer’s hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of now-Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court were, as such hearings (unfortunately) now tend to be, unenlightening. Those who hoped the occasion would highlight and sharpen the terms of our constitutional debates, educate the public about our legal traditions, or simply entertain could only have been disappointed.

The senators, by and large, recited interest-group-composed sound bites packaged in the...

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About the Author

Richard W. Garnett is professor of law and associate dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School.