Illinois Justice

The Scandal of 1969 and the Rise of John Paul Stevens

MANASTER, Kenneth A. Taal: Engels

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Illinois political scandals reached new depths in the 1960s and '70s. In Illinois Justice, Ken Manaster takes us behind the scenes of one of the most spectacular. The so-called Scandal of 1969 not only spelled the end of an Illinois Supreme Court chief justice's aspirations to the U.S. Supreme Court, but also marked the beginning of lawyer John Paul Stevens's rise to the High Court.

In 1969, citizen gadfly Sherman Skolnick accused the chief justice and another Illinois Supreme Court justice of accepting valuable bank stock from an influential Chicago lawyer in exchange for deciding an important case in the lawyer's favor. The feverish media coverage that resulted-a scandalous story in its own right, as Manaster reveals-prompted the state supreme court to appoint a special commission to investigate. Within six weeks and on a shoestring budget, the commission gathered a small volunteer staff and revealed the true facts. Stevens, then a relatively unknown Chicago lawyer, served as chief counsel. His work on this investigation would launch him into the public spotlight and onto the bench.

Manaster, who served on the commission staff, tells the real story of the investigation, detailing the dead ends, tactics, and triumphs. At the heart of the book is the tense courtroom drama that unfolded in July 1969. Manaster traces Stevens's masterful courtroom strategies, and vividly portrays the high-profile personalities involved (almost every member of the Illinois Supreme Court took the stand), as well as the subtleties of judicial corruption.

With a reflective foreword by Justice Stevens himself, Manaster's book is both a fascinating chapter of political history and a revealing portrait of the early career of a Supreme Court justice.
ISBN
9780226350103
Vorm
Paperback
Uitgever
The University of Chicago Press
Druk
1e
Verschenen
01-01-2015
Taal
Engels
Pagina's
336 pp.
Genre
Biografieën
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