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“The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court is a book written by Jeffrey Toobin. Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer for the New Yorker, as well as, a CNN senior legal analyst. “The Nine” starts in the Reagan and ends in 2007. Toobin discusses all the major cases that the Supreme Court made a ruling on during that time period. He also talks about each of the Justices, their personalities and how they came to make the decisions they did. One of the things that I found most interesting about the book was that Toobin described how the Justices became Justices. Why the President, at the time, nominated them and who were the runners up for the position.
Toobin had a way of making each of the Justices come alive, showing glimpses of who they were. He captured their personalities and made me see them as individual people, instead of merging them together as the Supreme Court, as I used to before reading this book. The book was based on interviews that Toobin conducted. One thing I didn’t like was that he didn’t say how he knew the Justice’s personal feelings. While reading the book, I wondered if it was based on interviews of the Justices, or if it was second hand information he obtained. Enlightening book about the inner working of the Supreme Court.

From 1992 to 2005, the Supreme Court’s decisions mostly mirrored public opinion. After Rehnquist’s passing in 2005, the Supreme Court has swung more in the direction of the conservative party than in pervious years. The conservative agenda is becoming more prominent than it was under Rehnquist and before O’Connor retired. Besides swing the court to the consertive side, Rehnquist’s passing also ended the longest running group of Justices to serve together. They had served together for eleven years. George H.W. Bush appointed Souter and Thomas as Rehnquist’s and O’Connor’s replacements. This meant that the Supreme Court was made up of eight Republican appointed justices and only one Democrate appointed justice.

At the time of Justice Thomas’s nomination, President Bush seemed to want to put an end to the racial uniformity of the Supreme Court. He saw Thomas was a perfect candidate, as he was African-American and a conservative. Throughout his confirmations hearings, Thomas remained pretty silent about his opinions, which made him look like he lacked substance. Then Anita Hill, one of his former staff lawyers, claimed that he was obsessed with sex and was inappropriate in his behavior. Thomas was sworn in early. Just before The Washington Post found incriminating evidence regarding his sexual activities. Thomas proved to be very conservative in his opinions and because of this he did not often write a majority opinion. In spite of his extremism, he was well liked by the other Justices. Unfortuantely, Thomas had a personal vendetta against people he felt had harmed him and used his position on the Supreme Court to get back at them.

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