Interstate Disputes: The Supreme Court's Original Jurisdiction

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SUNY Press, 16.02.2012 - 244 Seiten
With respect to controversies between two or more states, the U.S. Constitution grants original jurisdiction to the U.S. Supreme Court, and in 1789 Congress made exclusive the Court s jurisdiction over interstate disputes. In this book, Joseph F. Zimmerman examines the role of the Supreme Court in settling disputes between states, the criteria developed by the Court to determine whether its original jurisdiction should be invoked, and the function of special masters, who, as adjuncts to the Court, facilitate negotiated settlements or provide the factual information needed by the Court to render sound decisions. Zimmerman analyzes a wide range of specific disputes, from boundary lines to financial matters to water allocation, diversion, and pollution. To alleviate the Court s exceptionally heavy and critically important appellate workload, the author proposes alternative mechanisms for resolving controversies between sister states, including interstate boundary compacts, interstate regulatory compacts, and several congressional initiatives.
 

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Inhalt

1 The United States Supreme Court
1
2 Discretionary Original Jurisdiction
25
3 The Special Master
43
4 The Courts Boundaries Decisions
61
5 Escheats and Taxation Controversies
85
6 Interstate Water Controversies
109
7 Miscellaneous Court Decisions
143
8 Alternative Resolution of Interstate Controversies
155
Notes
175
Bibliography
207
Index
227
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Joseph F. Zimmerman is Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of many books, including Congressional Preemption: Regulatory Federalism and Interstate Economic Relations, both also published by SUNY Press.

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