Especially in the realm of free speech, the Court must own up to its political function, Martin Shapiro argues in a way that seems to anticipate the current vogue of judicial "modesty." He takes head-on the supposed modesty and deference of Frankfurter, Hand, and others, and supports the legacy of "clear and present danger" inherited from Holmes and Brandeis. The book is thus timeless in its insight as to the true position of the Court in the legal landscape.
In FREEDOM OF SPEECH: THE SUPREME COURT AND JUDICIAL REVIEW, Shapiro offers a provocative challenge to those who uphold the judicially “modest” interpretation of the role of the Supreme Court and who would keep the Court inviolate from the political process. Each branch of the government, he says, represents specific clienteles and defends specific interests and beliefs. Shapiro argues that one of the Supreme Court’s unique functions is to defend those interests which can find no defenders elsewhere; those speakers whose methods we may not be able to countenance, whose ideologies we may deplore, whose objectives we may fear.
Part of the Classics of Law & Society Series from Quid Pro Books.