Law and Law Reference
The History of Brown V. Board of Educationand Black America's Struggle for Equality
Paperback ISBN: 1400030617
An expanded edition of the classic study details the historical and cultural roots of, the various litigations and court decisions leading to, and the implications of the Supreme Court's historic 1954 Brown decision. Simultaneous. 10,000 first printing.
Lobbying for Defense
An Insider's View
Hardcover ISBN: 1591144256
Having served as Deputy for Aviation in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research, Development, and Acquisition, Kambrod launched a second career as a defense industry lobbyist. In this work he draws on those experiences to give advice on how to lobby for securing funding for a project in the annual Defense Authorization Ac and Defense Appropriations bills. He discusses the roles of the various actors in the military budgeting process and describes the steps necessary to engage in the process lucratively, including month-by-month deadlines and tasks. Annotation
The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court
Hardcover ISBN: 1594201013
Discusses recent ideological shifts within the Supreme Court, profiles controversial judges, and analyzes the changing role of judicial power in American government.
The Supreme Court Phalanx
The Court's New Right-wing Bloc
Paperback ISBN: 1590172930
George W. Bush’s nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court in 2005 were widely expected to turn it sharply to the right. But no one foresaw the rapidity or the revolutionary zeal with which, as Ronald Dworkin writes, the Court would begin “overruling, most often by stealth, the central constitutional doctrines that generations of past justices, conservative as well as liberal, had constructed.” Dworkin examines the key decisions of the Court’s 2006-–2007 term and argues that these two new justices, along with Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, have created an “unbreakable phalanx bent on remaking constitutional law.” They are guided not by political ideology or conservative judicial principle but rather by “partisan, cultural, and perhaps religious allegiance,” and disdain tradition, precedent, even careful legal reasoning. In his analyses of the prior records of Roberts and Alito, Dworkin finds ample evidence that both have long held strong conservative convictions. But during their confirmation hearings, they gave little hint of their judicial philosophy, hiding behind vague promises to make decisions “according to the rule of law.” If senators fail to press nominees for candid answers to the controversial questions of principle underlying the Constitution, Dworkin contends, then the confirmation process is irrelevant. As a result, the Court may be dominated for a generation by justices whose views are far from those of most Americans. Its past decisions on issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and executive power, Dworkin fears, are “vulnerable to reversal in the next several years as the fiercely conservative justices set out to rewrite American constitutional law without much caring about the logic of the arguments they use to do so. Bush’s appointment of Roberts and Alito may prove to be among the worst of the many disasters of his miserable administration.”
How High-priced Defense Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, And A 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System
Hardcover ISBN: 1401301800
A former prosecutor, television commentator, and ardent victim's rights advocate offers a provocative critique of America's criminal justice system, providing keen insights into and a behind-the-scene look at what goes on inside and outside the courtroom during such high-profile cases as Scott Peterson, Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and others.
Union and Liberty
The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun
Paperback ISBN: 086597103x
Calhoun's most important constitutional and political writings are now available as complete, unabridged texts and in a single volume, many for the first time since the 1850s. These writings address such issues as states' rights and nullification, slavery, the growth of the Federal judicial power, and Calhoun's doctrine of the "concurrent majority." This selection presents twelve notable speeches, letters, and essays by Calhoun; among them are his famous Fort Hill Address and his two great treatises on government?"A Disquisition on Government" and the "Discourse on the Constitution and Government of the United States." Ross M. Lence is Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston.
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.