Closing The Courthouse Door: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

byErwin Chemerinsky

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A leading legal scholar explores how the constitutional right to seek justice has been restricted by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s decisions on constitutional rights are well known and much talked about. But individuals who want to defend those rights need something else as well: access to courts that can rule on their complaints. And on matters of access, the Court’s record over the past generation has been almost uniformly hostile to the enforcement of individual citizens’ constitutional rights. The Court has restricted who has standing to sue, expanded the immunity of governments and government workers, limited the kinds of cases the federal courts can hear, and restricted the right of habeas corpus. Closing the Courthouse Door, by the distinguished legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, is the first book to show the effect of these decisions: taken together, they add up to a growing limitation on citizens’ ability to defend their rights under the Constitution. Using many stories of people whose rights have been trampled yet who had no legal recourse, Chemerinsky argues that enforcing the Constitution should be the federal courts’ primary purpose, and they should not be barred from considering any constitutional question.

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A leading legal scholar explores how the constitutional right to seek justice has been restricted by the Supreme Court The Supreme Court’s decisions on constitutional rights are well known and much talked about. But individuals who want to defend those rights need something else as well: access to courts that can rule on their complain...

Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean and distinguished professor of law and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in political science. He lives in Irvine, CA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300211589

ISBN - 13:9780300211580

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"Powerful and impassioned . . . anything but dry reading. Its cogent analysis is enhanced by practical steps for enabling federal courts to again truly enforce the U.S. Constitution."—Publishers Weekly