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Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court’s 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law
Because constitutional law works by precedent, the

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By David L. Faigman (au)
Year: 2004
Pages: 417
Binding Paperback
ISBN 805078452

Product Code: 1422394530

Because constitutional law works by precedent, the Supreme Court embeds the science of earlier times into our laws today -- sometimes in the service of facts & truth, sometimes in the service of judicial expediency. Here are examples: the 19th-century decision on the “race question” in the “Dred Scott” Case; Social Darwinism & biological determinism in the 1927 “Buck v. Bell” eugenics case which held that the government could sterilize individuals it determined were mentally defective; the internment of Japanese-Americans in the 1940s based on genetics; & the Court’s decision to guarantee legal abortion in “Roe v. Wade”. “The Court must embrace science rather than resist it, turning to the laboratory as well as to precedent.”

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