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LAURENCE TRIBE “Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type:
Ken Preston
Location Details:
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

KPFA Radio presents

Hosted by Norman Solomon

$12 advance tickets: :: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books (3 locations), Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL a Bookstore. SF: Modern Times ($15 door) Info: KPFA benefit

The Supreme Court is more influential than ever. The Roberts’ Court is currently re-shaping this nation’s laws. It is shaking the very foundation of our former democracy. From Citizens United to its momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, this Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life.
Yet this court remains a mysterious institution. The motivations of the nine men and women who serve for life are often obscure. At last, however, at a make-or-break moment for the court and this entire country, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz in Uncertain Justice reveal the astonishing extent to which this court is revising the meaning of our Constitution.

Political gridlock, rapid cultural change, and major technological progress mean that the court’s decisions on crucial topics—including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power—could be uniquely durable. Acutely aware of their opportunity, the present justices are rewriting critical components of constitutional law and revising the basic ground rules of American government. Laurence Tribe, long one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers – and Matz dig deeply into this court’s recent rulings, going well beyond tired debates over judicial “activism” to draw out hidden meanings and silent battles. The undercurrents they reveal suggest a strikingly different vision for the future of our country, a vision sure to be hotly debated.

They explore exactly how the Court’s approach to immigration, the vaunted war on terror, GPS tracking, and secret usage of databases of everything from our DNA to our phone records will affect our privacy rights and presidential power itself in these increasingly unstable years.

Laurence Tribe has taught constitutional law at Harvard for four decades and has written widely about the law. He has argued dozens of cases at the Supreme Court, including the first argument in Bush v Gore.

Norman Solomon is a journalist, media critic, antiwar activist, and was a candidate in 2012 for the United States House of Representatives. A longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), in 1997 he founded the Institute for Public Accuracy, which works to provide alternative sources for journalists, and served as its executive director until 2010. Solomon's weekly column, "Media Beat", was in national syndication from 1992 to 2009. Solomon is co-founder of His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State."
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