Vanderbilt Law Review

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In his discussion of the traditional power framework within which the Supreme Court operates the author covers old ground, dealing with such matters as the jurisdictional limitations upon the Court, its law court function of making case by case determinations, and its self-imposed restraints as to when and how it will hear and determine a controversy. The second broad heading, entitled "Marshalling the Court," forms probably the most fascinating chapter in the book. The author is here concerned with the issue most vital to any policy-oriented Justice: How can he win and hold for his side at least four other votes in cases that directly affect his policy goals?