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  1. Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench
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  2. Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench

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Judges have enormous power. They determine whom we can marry, whether we can own firearms, whether the government can mandate that we buy certain products, and how we define “personhood.” But who gets to occupy these powerful positions? Up until now, there has been little systematic study of what type of judges get confirmed.

In his rigorous yet readable style, John Lott analyzes both historical accounts and large amounts of data to see how the confirmation process has changed over time. Most importantly, Dumbing Down the Courts shows that intelligence has now become a liability for judicial nominees. With courts taking on an ever greater role in our lives, smarter judges are feared by the opposition. Although presidents want brilliant judges who support their positions, senators of the opposing party increasingly “Bork” those nominees who would be the most influential judges, subjecting them to humiliating and long confirmations.

The conclusion? The brightest nominees will not end up on the bench.

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John R. Lott Jr.
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Bascom Hill Publishing Group
Bascom Hill Publishing Group
Bascom Hill Publishing Group
Bascom Hill Publishing Group
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We are so screwed actually and factually with a court system that seeks to average out court cases with bias and moderation. If you are not a politically correct demographic our dumb down court system will victimize generations as a form of social justice having nothing to do with fairness and factually damaged parties. This book nails the problem and exposes so many fallacy's of what should have never become political or legislative. The court system is supposed to bring clarity, truth and facts to troubled matters, not the poison of agendas.
We are Dumb for letting this happen...A must read Book..
The courts have become politicized. The confirmation process does not allow for the smartest, most academically qualified folks to achieve confirmation. The process has become too lengthy and cumbersome. Some well-qualified men & women refuse their nomination for the stated reasons and the fact that they are bombarded with too much private information that has nothing to do with their previous court decisions.The Senators are more interested in their ideaology then their constitutional beliefs. Judge Bork is one of the best examples (1987).
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