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  • The Psychological Foundations of Evidence Lawby Michael J. Saks; Barbara A. Spellman

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 32.30

    Evidence law is meant to facilitate trials that are fair, accurate, and efficient, and that encourage and protect important societal values and relationships. In pursuit of these often-conflicting goals, common law judges and modern drafting committees have had to perform as amateur applied psychologists. Their task has required them to employ what... more...

  • Trotskyists on Trialby Donna T. Haverty-Stacke

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 46.75

    Passed in June 1940, the Smith Act was a peacetime anti-sedition law that marked a dramatic shift in the legal definition of free speech protection in America by criminalizing the advocacy of disloyalty to the government by force. It also criminalized the acts of printing, publishing, or distributing anything advocating such sedition and made it... more...

  • We Must Not Be Afraid to Be Freeby Ronald K.L. Collins; Sam Chaltain

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 24.99

    In a stinging dissent to a 1961 Supreme Court decision that allowed the Illinois state bar to deny admission to prospective lawyers if they refused to answer political questions, Justice Hugo Black closed with the memorable line, "We must not be afraid to be free." Black saw the First Amendment as the foundation of American freedom--the guarantor... more...

  • Ancient Laws and Modern Problemsby John Sassoon

    Intellect 2005; US$ 10.00

    John Sassoon?s study of the written laws of four thousand years ago puts paid to the belief that the most ancient laws were merely arbitrary and tyrannical. On the contrary, the earliest legal systems honestly tried to get to the truth, do justice to individuals, and preserve civil order. They used the death penalty surprisingly seldom, and then more... more...

  • Justice for Allby Jim Newton

    Penguin Publishing Group 2007; US$ 22.50

    In Justice for All , Jim Newton, an award-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times , brings readers the first truly comprehensive consideration of Earl Warren, the politician-turned-Chief Justice who refashioned the place of the court in American life through landmark Supreme Court cases whose names have entered the common parlance -- Brown... more...

  • Louis D. Brandeisby Melvin Urofsky

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 24.95

    The first full-scale biography in twenty-five years of one of the most important and distinguished justices to sit on the Supreme Court?a book that reveals Louis D. Brandeis the reformer, lawyer, and jurist, and Brandeis the man, in all of his complexity, passion, and wit. A huge and galvanizing biography, a revelation of one man?s effect on American... more...

  • Medieval English Conveyancesby J. M. Kaye

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 72.00

    This book analyses the documents by which land was transferred from one person to another in medieval England. more...

  • The Living Constitutionby David A. Strauss

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 20.99

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once remarked that the theory of an evolving, "living" Constitution effectively "rendered the Constitution useless." He wanted a "dead Constitution," he joked, arguing it must be interpreted as the framers originally understood it. In The Living Constitution, leading constitutional... more...

  • Scoundrels in Lawby Cait N. Murphy

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 21.99

    ?A delightful romp through the theatrical courtrooms, seedy back alleys, and elegant parlors of Gilded Age New York.? ?James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power ?Only Dickens could have done more with this fabulously rich material. Terrific stuff.? ?Eric Homberger, author of Mrs. Astor's New York Cait Murphy,... more...

  • Until Proven Innocentby Stuart Jr. Taylor; K. C. Johnson

    St. Martin's Press 2010; US$ 23.99

    What began that night shocked Duke University and Durham, North Carolina. And it continues to captivate the nation: the Duke lacrosse team members' alleged rape of an African-American stripper and the unraveling of the case against them. In this ever-deepening American tragedy, Stuart Taylor Jr. and KC Johnson argue, law enforcement,... more...