Advise and Dissent

86mins2012HistoryTVPG
director
David Van Taylor
starring
Patrick LeahySamuel AlitoGeorge W. Bush
DISSENT is the first documentary to go behind the lines and into the trenches of the judicial confirmation wars. Government's least-understood "Third Branch" has a huge impact on our lives - from abortion to affirmative action, education to the environment, privacy to police action. So we must put our faith in the ideal chiseled on its façade: "Equal Justice Under Law." But in recent years the way we select Supreme Court justices has become dangerously politicized, threatening judicial impartiality. The award-winning film weaves "you-are-there" scenes into an unexpectedly suspenseful narrative.
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