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ERIC Number: ED349250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: 0
Assault on Liberty: The Record of the Reagan-Bush Courts.
People for the American Way, Washington, DC.
This report argues that fundamental constitutional liberties have undergone severe changes and continue to be threatened because of the changes in the federal judiciary that have been brought about by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. This judicial change has been effected through the appointment of judges with two qualities: first, a narrow interpretation of the fundamental liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as well as the laws that guarantee those liberties; and second, a willingness to engage in judicial activism in order to reinterpret those constitutional and statutory provisions in a manner consistent with the narrower views. This report summarizes the impact the Reagan-Bush courts have had on four important individual liberties: the right to privacy; freedom from discrimination; freedom of expression; and freedom of religion. Four appendices presents detailed analyses of the Reagan-Bush record in each of these areas. Recommendations aimed at remedying this shift in the federal judiciary also are presented. (DB)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Court Role, Federal Government, Freedom of Speech, Government Role, Judges, Law Related Education, Presidents of the United States, Privacy, Racial Discrimination, Sex Discrimination
People for the American Way, 2000 M Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: People for the American Way, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Bill of Rights; Bush Administration; Reagan Administration; United States Constitution