"Courts, Judges, & Politics, 6/e covers a broad range of issues related to the American legal system, including theories of law, the structure and functioning of court systems, the history and nature of the American legal profession, and issues in legal interpretation. The new edition of this classic text includes a vibrant mix of legal opinions, from the beginning of the American Republic through the 2004 ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court that opened the door to same-sex marriages in that state." "Readings include insightful essays by legal luminaries, such as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Felix Frankfurter, William J. Brennan, and Sandra Day O'Connor, all former or current justices of the United States Supreme Court. This edition has been also updated to include material on the ongoing battle in the U.S. Senate over the political and legal philosophies of judicial nominees to the federal bench."--BOOK JACKET.Murphy, Walter F. is the author of 'Courts, Judges, & Politics An Introduction to the Judicial Process', published 2005 under ISBN 9780072977059 and ISBN 0072977051.