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The Resource Disqualifying the high court : Supreme Court recusal and the constitution, Louis Virelli III

Disqualifying the high court : Supreme Court recusal and the constitution, Louis Virelli III

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Disqualifying the high court : Supreme Court recusal and the constitution
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Disqualifying the high court
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Supreme Court recusal and the constitution
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Louis Virelli III
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eng
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  • Since at least the time of Justinian--under statutes, codes of judicial ethics, and the common law--judges have been expected to recuse themselves from cases in which they might have a stake. The same holds true for the justices of the US Supreme Court. For instance, there were calls for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, both of whom had officiated at gay weddings, to recuse themselves from the recent marriage equity case, Obergefell v. Hodges. Even a case like this, where no justice bowed out, reveals what a tricky ethical issue recusal can be. but as Louis J. Virelli demonstrates in this provocative work, recusal at the Supreme Court also presents questions of constitutional power. Disqualifying the High Court shows that our current understanding of how and when justices should recuse themselves is at odds with our constitutional design. Viewing recusal through a constitutional lens, Virelli reveals new and compelling information about how justices should decide recusal questions and, in turn, how our government should function more broadly. Along the way he traces the roots and development of federal recusal law in America from as early as the Roman Empire up to the present day. The Supreme Court's unique place at the top of the judicial branch protests the justices from some forms of congressional interference. Virelli argues that constitutional law, in particular the separation of powers, prohibits Congress from regulating the recusal practices of the Supreme Court. Instead those decisions must be left to the justices themselves, grounded in the principles of due process--assuring parties fair treatment by the judicial system--and balanced against the justices' rights to free speech. Along with the clarity it brings to this highly controversial issue, Virelli's work also offers insight into constitutional problems presented by separation of powers. It will inform our evolving understanding of theory and practice in the American judicial system. --
  • Judges recuse themselves when the outcome of a case might affect their personal interest or if there is reasonable belief that they would be biased because they have already taken a position on a case. For example, in a recent decision the Supreme Court decided that a member of the West Virginia Supreme Court should have recused himself from a decision involving a company that had made a substantial contribution to his election campaign. Who sets the standards for recusal and what standards are appropriate? Can Congress regulate the recusal rules for a co-equal branch, particularly the Supreme Court? What considerations go into making decisions about recusal? In this book Lou Virelli argues that Congress cannot set standards that must be followed by the Supreme Court because of separation of powers. The issue is less clear for the lower federal courts. In considering what standards should apply the courts must balance the due process claims of litigants with the right of judges to exercise their free speech rights. This book explores the history and grounds of judicial recusal by focusing mostly on the federal courts. Beyond the important question of recusal itself, the book explores the constitutional problems associated with separation of powers--
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Virelli, Louis J
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non fiction
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  • Constitutional law
  • Constitutional law
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  • United States
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Disqualifying the high court : Supreme Court recusal and the constitution, Louis Virelli III
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-266) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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24 cm
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xviii, 275 pages
Isbn
9780700622719
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2016004961
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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YBP Library Services
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(OCoLC)928490442
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Disqualifying the high court : Supreme Court recusal and the constitution, Louis Virelli III
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 275 pages
Isbn
9780700622719
Lccn
2016004961
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
YBP Library Services
System control number
(OCoLC)928490442

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