Hard Judicial Choices: Federal District Court Judges and State and Local Officials

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byPhillip J. Cooper

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In controversial court cases involving civil rights, schools and housing, prison reform, and other social issues, federal district court judges are often called upon to make some of the most difficult judicial decisions. How do these cases arise? How are they prosecuted and remediesfashioned when federally protected rights are violated? How can relations between federal judges and state and local officials be improved? This book--the first to attempt to look at such cases from the judge's point of view--examines some of these questions through five comparative case studies involving open housing in a Cleveland suburb, school desegregation in Detroit, mental health reform in Alabama, prison conditions in Ohio, andalleged police misconduct in Philadelphia. Cooper presents a clear overview of the remedial decree process and prefaces each of the case studies with a full chapter that sets the case in its legal, administrative, and political context. Taking a close look at the interactions between federal district court judges and state and local officials, this volume produces a model of remedial decree litigation that challenges widely held assumptions about the role of district court judges in such controversial cases.

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In controversial court cases involving civil rights, schools and housing, prison reform, and other social issues, federal district court judges are often called upon to make some of the most difficult judicial decisions. How do these cases arise? How are they prosecuted and remediesfashioned when federally protected rights are violat...

Phillip J. Cooper is at State University of New York, Albany.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.18 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195041925

ISBN - 13:9780195041927

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"A most readable, entertaining and informative book. The case studies are well-chosen, and students of the legal process should find much to discuss within this book."--Robert Langran, Villanova University