The Supreme Court is an island of sanity remaining in the sea of insanity that is our society. Or is it? In this compelling work, Vincent Bugliosi, a leading prosecutor for the Los Angeles Country District Attorney's office, puts the Supreme Court on trial for its handling of Paula Jones vs. Bill Clinton. This program is part of a series called The Library of Contemporary Thought, giving top opinion makers a forum to explore the most provocative, fascinating, and relevant issues of our day.
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Bugliosi's Weakest Read
Vincent Bugliosi is a national hero for his prosecution of Charles Manson and the author of many well-known true crime novels; but this book is rambling and redundant despite the great narration it recieves.
Bugliosi's point is perfectly solid: he believes that the Supreme Court's decision in the matter of Clinton v. Jones--in which the court ruled that the president could not continue the matter until after the end of his presidency--was bad law and that the people rationalizing it by saying things like, "nobody is above the law, not even the president," was a misstatement of the issue.
Unfortunately, this opinion is restated ad nausium with Bugliosi's trademark condescention on full display. Bugliosi also makes a far weaker supplementary argument that the image of the president would be tarnished by the lawsuit, something that didn't seem to bother him in his attacks on George W. Bush in later books. Whether you think Bush deserved it or not, this flies in the face of Bugliosi's point, but hypocrisy aside, here, it comes off as fawning to the office of the president, if only due to overstatement and excessive restatement.
Also, for those who might be interested in a book about the case itself very little time is devoted to the matter, which is consistent with Bugliosi's intent, but an indicator that if you're looking to learn substantially more about the matter, this isn't the book for you.