Nine justices make up the current supreme court one chief justice and eight associate justices the honorable john g roberts jr is the 17th chief justice of the united states and there have been 102 associate justices in the courts history. The united states supreme court the pursuit of justice christopher tomlins on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a senior research fellow at the american bar foundation and the editor of itlaw and history reviewro offers an authoritative history of the supreme court. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for the united states supreme court the pursuit of justice at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. With its ability to review and interpret all american law the supreme court of the united states is arguably the most influential branch of government yet institutionally it is the least powerful its authority relies entirely on the willing consent of the executive and legislative branches of the us government and of the american people to accept it as laws ultimate arbiter. He became a judge of the united states court of appeals for the first circuit on may 25 1990 president bush nominated him as an associate justice of the supreme court and he took his seat october 9 1990 justice souter retired from the supreme court on june 29 2009
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