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Book Review: Impartial Justice - The Real Supreme Court Cases that Define the Constitutional Right to a Neutral and Detached Decisionmaker

By Matthew T. Mangino

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Impartial Justice
The Real Supreme Court Cases that Define the Constitutional Right to a Neutral and Detached Decisionmaker

By Eric T. Kasper
Lexington Books (2013)

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Impartial Justice is chock full of analysis about what constitutes a neutral, impartial, and unbiased decisionmaker. Part one focuses on juries, part two judges, and part three noncourt settings. Part one and two are of particular interest to the criminal justice practitioner and important in light of recent action by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kasper invokes Robert H. Jackson, a U.S. Supreme Court justice who took leave from the Court to prosecute war criminals at Nuremburg. Kasper quotes Jackson to bring focus to the fundamental aspect of the book, the “right to fair trial is the right that stands guardian over all other rights.”

In June of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Williams v. Pennsylvania that a judge who had “significant, personal involvement” in a case during his previous role as

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