Black Mondays: Worst Decisions of the Supreme Court

When the first edition of Black Mondays was published in 1987, bad Supreme Court decisions were an anomaly.  Now the nations highest court has taken advantage of a power vacuum in Washington to become the most powerful branch of government.  The High Court is legislating, despite its apparent “conservative” nature.

The worst decision in recent history was Bush v. Gore in which the Supreme Court enacted a judicial coup d’état, installing George Bush as President, overruling Florida and Congress.

In recent years, the Supreme Court has taken charge of gun control, video-game violence, campaign finance and class actions.  It has taken power from States and cities and given them to corporations.  “Corporations are people,” the Court ruled, allowing unlimited corporate involvement in political campaigns.  Corporations can now dictate that disputes with customers are settled by arbitration, not in court.  The Court has ruled that these arbitrations cannot be class arbitrations overriding State law and individual rights.

Credentials:  Joel D. Joseph is a Georgetown Law graduate who has represented more than 60 members of Congress in court.  He has taken many cases to the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the author of BLACK MONDAYS: Worst Decisions of the Supreme Court, which includes a Foreword by Justice Thurgood Marshall.  He has appeared on national television and programs in most major cities.

Contact:  Joel D. Joseph; (310) 922-1856;

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