Misfiring on the Roberts Court

Stephen E. Gottlieb purports to criticize Chief Justice John Roberts’ leadership of the Supreme Court for failing faithfully to interpret the Constitution to protect democracy. What Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics really shows is that Gottlieb, a law professor at Albany Law School, disagrees with some of the Roberts Court’s decisions.

This tract masquerading as legal scholarship is incoherent in its definition of democracy and also its understanding of constitutional law. It makes tendentious use of history and political science to conceal a partisan agenda. And to top it all off, the book is disjointed, a cobbling together of previously published articles.

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