Wednesday, March 31, 2010

With Justices for All

Alan Brinkley reviews Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court, by Jeff Shesol, on President Roosevelt's "court packing" plan.
In those first years of the New Deal, Shesol suggests, the conservative justices were stunned by the boldness and, they thought, radicalism of the New Deal; their opinions seemed to reflect their alarm and caused them to take positions even more conservative than they had in the recent past. Two years later, similarly stunned by the criticism they were receiving, the justices began to slowly back away from their most conservative views.