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Published: 22 September 2005

336 Pages | 15 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195159332

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David Hackett Souter

Traditional Republican on the Rehnquist Court

Tinsley E. Yarbrough

Sifting through Souter's opinions, papers of the Justice's contemporaries and other relevant records and interviews, biographer Tinsley Yarbrough here gives us a fascinating account of one of the more elusive Justices in the history of the Court. Yarbrough shows how Souter has a flexible, evolving, and highly pragmatic judicial style that displays a high regard for precedent--even for liberal decisions with which he may have personally disagreed. Ultimately, Yarbrough contends, Souter has become the principal Rehnquist Court opponent of the originalist, text-bound jurisprudence that many of the more conservative Justices champion.