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The Unpredictable Constitution brings together a distinguished group of U.S. Supreme Court Justices and U.S. Court of Appeals Judges, who are some of our most prominent legal scholars, to discuss an array of topics on civil liberties.

In thoughtful and incisive essays, the authors draw on decades of experience to examine such wide-ranging issues as how legal error should be handled, the death penalty, reasonable doubt, racism in American and South African courts, women and the constitution, and government benefits.

Contributors: Richard S. Arnold, Martha Craig Daughtry, Harry T. Edwards, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Betty B. Fletcher, A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Lord Irvine of Lairg, Jon O. Newman, Sandra Day O'Connor, Richard A. Posner, Stephen Reinhardt, and Patricia M. Wald.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title
  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. 1. Government Benefits: A New Look at an Old Gift Horse
  2. pp. 7-25
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  1. 2. Racism in American and South African Courts: Similarities and Differences
  2. pp. 26-56
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  1. 3. Portia’s Progress
  2. pp. 57-70
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  1. 4. Speaking in a Judicial Voice
  2. pp. 71-100
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  1. 5. Beyond “Reasonable Doubt”
  2. pp. 101-127
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  1. 6. The Death Penalty in America: Can Justice Be Done?
  2. pp. 128-146
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  1. 7. To Err Is Human, but Not Always Harmless: When Should Legal Error Be Tolerated?
  2. pp. 147-189
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  1. 8. How James Madison Interpreted the Constitution
  2. pp. 190-216
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  1. 9. Against Constitutional Theory
  2. pp. 217-238
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  1. 10. The Anatomy of an Execution: Fairness versus “Process”
  2. pp. 239-282
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  1. 11. Women and the Constitution:Where We Are at the End of the Century
  2. pp. 283-308
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  1. 12. Sovereignty in Comparative Perspective:Constitutionalism in Britain and America
  2. pp. 309-333
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 335-336
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 337-347
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