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Supreme Court Review
Last Featured: 12/29/2003

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The U.S. Supreme Court concluded one of its most provocative terms in memory. Acting as the final arbiters in the civil and criminal cases that pack the dockets of our nation's courtrooms, the Justices have reviewed several important precedents that set the rules shaping our justice system, society and culture. This special edition of NPR's Justice Talking features a debate on what the Supreme Court's term means to Americans, and whether the High Court's most recent decisions provide insight into the future direction of the Court.

Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. He served as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee where he led some of the most important oversight hearings in the House. Bob occupies the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy at the American Conservative Union, serves as Distinguished Fellow with Lt. Col. Oliver North's Freedom Alliance, serves as a Board Member at the Patrick Henry Center, and is the Honorary Chair for Citizens United. Bob is a Member of the Long-Term Strategy Project For Preserving Security and Democratic Norms in the War on Terrorism, at the Kennedy School of Government. He consults with several organizations and his writings have appeared in numerous academic, local, regional, and national publications.

John Podesta served as Chief of Staff to President Clinton. In that capacity, he was responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing all policy development, daily operations, Congressional relations, and staff activities of the White House from October 1998 until January 2001. He served in the President's Cabinet, and as a Principal on the National Security Council. John first served in the Clinton Administration from January 1993 to 1995 as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary. He also served as a senior policy advisor to the President on government information, privacy, telecommunications security and regulatory policy. He is considered one of Washington's leading experts in technology policy, and has written a book, several articles, and lectured extensively in these areas.

Closing Quote
"Knowledge about the ideas embodied in the Constitution and the ways it which shapes our lives is not passed down from generation to generation through the gene pool. It must be learned anew by each generation. It's not enough simply to read or even memorize parts of the Constitution. Rather we should try to understand the ideas that gave it life and give it strength still today."

— Sandra Day O'Connor

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