Law and Law Reference
My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn't Commit
Paperback ISBN: 0060574658
America's longest-tenured death-row inmate to be freed after wrongful conviction describes the police and prosecutorial misconduct that led to his conviction for the 1977 murder of a young woman, his brutal experience behind bars before his 1999 DNA exoneration, and his subsequent work as an advocate for legal reform. Reprint.
Dred Scott And the Problem of Constitutional Evil
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0521861659
Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil concerns what is entailed by pledging allegiance to a constitutional text and tradition saturated with concessions to evil. The Constitution of the United States was originally understood as an effort to mediate controversies between persons who disputed fundamental values, and did not offer a vision of the good society. In order to form a "more perfect union" with slaveholders, late-eighteenth-century citizens fashioned a constitution that plainly compelled some injustices and was silent or ambiguous on other questions of fundamental right. This constitutional relationship could survive only as long as a bisectional consensus was required to resolve all constitutional questions not settled in 1787. Dred Scott challenges persons committed to human freedom to determine whether antislavery northerners should have provided more accommodations for slavery than were constitutionally strictly necessary or risked the enormous destruction of life and property that preceded Lincoln's new birth of freedom.
At War Against the Media
Hardcover ISBN: 1881508269
Author Cohen, having been outed in the press as the source of records pertaining to the shoplifting conviction of the political rival of his client in a gubernatorial campaign, sued the paper for breach of contract as they had agreed to use him as an anonymous source. The case, Cohen vs. Cowles Media, eventually reached the Supreme Court and is now studied in First Amendment law. Here he provides his account of those events from the origins of his involvement in the political campaign to the eventual resolution of the case. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sandra Day O'Connor
How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice
Hardcover ISBN: 0060590181
Uses interviews with hundreds of legal and political insiders and information from formerly-private papers of the justices, chronicles the life and career of the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court.
Gay Marriage: for Better or for Worse?
What We've Learned from the Evidence
Hardcover ISBN: 0195187512
Opponents of same-sex marriage in the United States often claim that allowing gays and lesbians to marry will lead to the downfall of the institution of marriage and will harm children. Drawing from 16 years of data and experience with same-sex unions in Scandinavia, Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? is the first book to present empirical evidence about the results of same-sex marriage (in the form of registered partnerships) from the Nordic countries. Spedale and Eskridge demonstrate that conservative defense-of-marriage arguments that predict negative effects from gay marriage are invalid, and the Scandinavian experience suggests that the institution of marriage may indeed benefit from the enactment of gay marriage. If we look at the proof from abroad, the authors argue, we must conclude that the sanctioning of gay marriage in the United States would neither undermine marriage as an institution, nor harm the wellbeing of our nation's children.
A Crime of Self-Defense
Bernhard Goetz and the Law on Trial
Paperback ISBN: 0226253341
The popular press dubbed him "the subway vigilante": Bernhard Goetz, who on December 22, 1984, shot four black youths on a New York subway train when one of them asked for five dollars. Goetz claimed to have fired in self-defense, out of fear that the young men were about to rob him.
Freedom for the Thought That We Hate
A Biography of the First Amendment
Hardcover ISBN: 0465039170
An authority on the First Amendment and author of Gideon's Trumpet provides an eloquent study of the significance of freedom of expression, how the concept evolved throughout our nation's history, how the freedom of speech and of the press was created, and the influence of the First Amendment on American history and its legal system.