Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226502434 Published September 2001

Illinois Justice

The Scandal of 1969 and the Rise of John Paul Stevens

Kenneth A. Manaster

Illinois Justice
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Kenneth A. Manaster

344 pages | 20 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2001
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226502434 Published September 2001
Illinois political scandals reached new depths in the 1960s and '70s. In Illinois Justice, Ken Manaster takes us behind the scenes of one of the most spectacular. The so-called Scandal of 1969 not only spelled the end of an Illinois Supreme Court justice's aspirations to the U.S. Supreme Court, but also marked the beginning of little-known lawyer John Paul Stevens's rise to the high court.

In 1969, citizen gadfly Sherman Skolnick accused the chief justice and another Illinois Supreme Court justice of accepting valuable bank stock from an influential Chicago lawyer in exchange for deciding an important case in the lawyer's favor. The feverish media coverage that resulted-a scandalous story in its own right, as Manaster reveals-prompted the state supreme court to appoint a special commission to investigate. Within six weeks and on a shoestring budget, the commission gathered a small volunteer staff and revealed the true facts. Stevens, then a relatively unknown Chicago lawyer, served as chief counsel. His work on this investigation would launch him into the public spotlight and onto the bench.

Manaster, who served on the commission, tells the real story of the investigation, detailing the dead ends, tactics, and triumphs. At the heart of the book is the tense courtroom drama that unfolded in July 1969. Manaster expertly traces Stevens's masterful courtroom strategies, and vividly portrays the high-profile personalities involved (almost every member of the Illinois Supreme Court took the stand), as well as the subtleties of judicial corruption. With a reflective foreword by Justice Stevens himself, Manaster's book is both a fascinating chapter of political history and a revealing portrait of the early career of a Supreme Court justice.

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Contents
Foreword, by John Paul Stevens
Preface
Accusation: The First Half of June
1. A Citizen's Suspicions
2. Alarm Bells in the Newsrooms
3. Uproar in Springfield
4. A Special Commission
5. The Case Against Isaacs
Investigation: Mid-June to Mid-July
6. Stevens and His Team
7. Limiting the Questions
8. The Chief Justice's Stock
9. Starting the Search
10. Building the Answers
11. Blind Alleys and Roadblocks
Trial: The Second Half of July
12. The Trial Begins
13. Secrets in the Bank
14. Challenging Witnesses
15. A Justice's Deals
16. The Gift
17. Intermission and Jail
18. After the Landing
19. Alibis
20. Testing the Stories
21. Summing Up
22. Meeting the Deadline
Impact: August and Beyond
23. A Sad Affair
24. Loose Ends
25. Legacies and Echoes
26. Stevens to the Bench
27. Integrity of the Judgments
Notes
Sources
Acknowledgments
Index
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