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Judicial Process : Law, Courts, and Politics in the United States

Judicial Process : Law, Courts, and Politics in the United States - 3rd edition

Judicial Process : Law, Courts, and Politics in the United States - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9780155058392

ISBN10: 0155058398

Judicial Process : Law, Courts, and Politics in the United States by David W. Neubauer and Stephen S. Meinhold - ISBN 9780155058392
Edition: 3RD 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2004
International: No
Judicial Process : Law, Courts, and Politics in the United States by David W. Neubauer and Stephen S. Meinhold - ISBN 9780155058392

ISBN13: 9780155058392

ISBN10: 0155058398


Working within the framework of law and politics, JUDICIAL PROCESS focuses on the dynamics of the courthouse. The fundamental purpose of this text is to provide readers with a working knowledge of the major structures and process that underlie the American judiciary. The structure of the courts, the nature of how the laws apply, and the procedures followed all have important consequences for the way the courts deliver justice. This book attempts to help the reader understand not only the legal rules, but also the assumptions underlying these rules, the history of how they evolved, and the goals they seek to achieve.

Benefits :

  • NEW! Discussion of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore that decided the 2000 presidential election.
  • Every chapter focuses on one or two controversial court cases, examining the nature of the debate and highlighting the pertinent research.
  • Each chapter ends with a list of key terms found in the chapter, references, and suggestions for further reading.
  • NEW! Inclusion of controversial court decisions on questions such as same-sex marriages, school prayer, and the Pledge of Allegiance, showing how the courts assess important issues many of us feel passionate about.
  • NEW! Difficult topics are tackled, including media and the law, the growing importance of interest groups in filing lawsuits, and the ineffectiveness of assistance of counsel, introducing students to the complex circumstances in which the courts must operate.
  • NEW! A "Law and Contemporary Culture" section helps students relate to important topics by selecting a movie and examining its subject matter from a legal perspective.
  • NEW! A "Court In Comparative Perspective" feature critically and objectively examines other countries' legal systems, giving students a chance to analyze and compare problems in differing systems.
  • NEW! Includes an Internet resource guide at the end of each chapter with new InfoTrac exercises.
  • NEW! Four months of FREE access to InfoTrac College Edition, an online database of full-length articles from thousands of journals and popular sources is automatically packaged with the book. Journals include "Constitutional Commentary," "Supreme Court Review," "Stanford Law Review," "Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy," and "Political Science Quarterly."
  • The book is full of graphs, tables, and exhibits that give factual and background information while presenting the material in a lively visual fashion.
  • "Key Terms" are highlighted and listed at the end of each chapter, introducing the reader to basic terminology of the field.

Author Bio

Neubauer, David W. : University of New Orleans

David William Neubauer received his B.A. in political science in 1966 from Augustana College in Rock Island, and he undertook graduate work at the University of Illinois, receiving his Ph.D. in 1971. He has taught at the University of Florida, Washington University in St. Louis, and most recently at the University of New Orleans (UNO). Professor Neubauer regularly teaches a Judicial Process class, General American politics, and criminal justice. In addition to working on JUDICIAL PROCESS: LAW, COURTS, AND POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES, Third Edition, Professor Neubauer is also the author OF DEBATING CRIME: RHETORIC AND REALITY; CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN MIDDLE AMERICA, AMERICA'S COURTS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (6th ed., Wadsworth) AND MANAGING THE PACE OF JUSTICE: AN EVALUATION OF LEAA'S COURT DELAY-REDUCTION PROGRAM. His articles have appeared in "Law and Society Review", "Judicature, Policy Studies Journal, Law and Policy Quarterly", "Justice Systems Journal", "Justice Quarterly" and other journals. Dr. Neubauer's current research

Meinhold, Stephen S. : University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Stephen S. Meinhold received his Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he teaches classes on Judicial Politics, Constitutional Law, the Presidency, and Research Methods. His early research focused on perceptions of the litigation explosion, lawyers and their political party activity, and the relationship between the President and the Solicitor General. Professor Meinhold's current research focuses on college students' use of attorneys, their plans to attend law school, and their attitudes about the legal system. He has published articles in the Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, the Justice System Journal, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Law, Courts, and Politics.

2. Law and Legal Systems.
3. Federal Courts.
4. State Courts.

5. Lawyers and Legal Representation.
6. Judges.

7. Mobilizing the Law: Litigants, Interest Groups, Court Cases, and the Media.

8. Trial Courts: The Preliminary Stages of Criminal Cases.
9. Trial Courts: Bargaining and Sentencing in Criminal Courts.
10. Trial Courts: The Preliminary Stages of Civil Cases.
11. Trial Courts: Dispositions of Civil Cases.
12. Trial.

13. The Appellate Process.
14. The Supreme Court: Deciding What to Decide.
15. The Supreme Court: The Justices and Their Decisions.

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