"Levy and Mellor, in this excellent examination of twelve
far-reaching Supreme Court cases, force readers to question the
direction in which the judiciary has led our country over the past
"Levy and Mellor offer fascinating insights on twelve of the most
important and controversial cases of our time. Readers will gain
new appreciation for the Supreme Court's role in affecting their
lives and liberties."
-Nadine Strossen, President, American Civil Liberties Union
"With wisdom and lucid prose, Levy and Mellor go straight to the
sad, central truth of the American judiciary. We have created a
system in which nine people are presumed to be smarter than 300
million. The Dirty Dozen shows us the results of this
foolish assumption-the twelve worst Supreme Court rulings. Or, that
is to say, the twelve worst Supreme Court rulings so far."
-P.J. O'Rourke, author of On The Wealth of Nations
"A passionate, thoughtful, provocative, and eminently readable
-Eugene Volokh, Professor of Law, UCLA; founder of The Volokh Conspiracy blog
"If you're like most people, you probably have only a dim sense of
how many of your constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms the Supreme
Court has taken away. The Dirty Dozen is the book for you.
Bob Levy and Chip Mellor spell it out clearly and
"Levy and Mellor have chosen 12 Supreme Court cases that, in their
opinion, severely limited individual rights through the expansion
of government. As their introduction makes clear, they are
conservatives who favor limited government intervention, and the
cases they have chosen reflect their position. The chapters are
organized by the constitutional issues raised by each case, such as
promoting the general welfare, regulating interstate commerce, and
property rights. The authors' critiques of these issues are sure to
provoke debate. However, they do examine each case on the basis of
legal reasoning and in each chapter lay out the flaws in the
Court's thinking that make each decision in their view a "bad" one.
These explanations are the strong points of the book. Although some
readers will disagree with their viewpoint, Levy and Mellor have
done a good job of explaining their thinking."
-Becky Kennedy, Library Journal
"I've been looking for one place to examine all the structural
damage done over the years by the Supreme Court. Here it is."
-Hon. Andrew P. Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst, Fox News
"Levy & Mellor are the Hamilton & Madison of our age. This
book has timeless value; in an election year, it is
-Douglas W. Kmiec, Professor of Constitutional Law, Pepperdine
University; Constitutional Legal Counsel to President Ronald
"[The authors] have brought to the general public a challenging
indictment of the Supreme Court that is at once accessible and
-Henry Mark Holzer, HumanEvents.com
"Straightforward and clear. Brilliantly reasoned and meticulously
researched. The Dirty Dozen tells the story of how the
Supreme Court has undermined our liberty."
-Pat Toomey, Club for Growth
"One of the President's greatest powers is the nomination of
Supreme Court justices. The next time someone says elections don't
matter, tell them to read The Dirty Dozen."
-Larry Elder, Host, The Larry Elder Show