state abuse, individual rights, federalism, state constitutions
The Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, has written an excellent book on the importance of state constitutions as bulwarks against state abuse and the source of protections of individual rights. The book, 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law, argues that individual rights are more secure when both federal and state constitutional protections are strong. And our system of federalism and the quality of state and federal judicial decisions are improved when there are state constitutional safeguards.
Steinglass, Steven H., "Book Review: 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law, by Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton" (2018). Law Faculty Articles and Essays. 978.