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Life of the Law The People and Cases That Have Shaped Our Society, from King Alfred to Rodney King

ISBN-10: 0195122399
ISBN-13: 9780195122398
Edition: 1998 (Reprint)
Authors: Alfred H. Knight
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Description: Law is intended to apply to common life and should be comprehensible to ordinary folk, but increasingly, it is not. The meaning of the law is becoming inaccessible, not only to the public but to the bar itself. In The Life of the Law, Alfred H.  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/2/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Law is intended to apply to common life and should be comprehensible to ordinary folk, but increasingly, it is not. The meaning of the law is becoming inaccessible, not only to the public but to the bar itself. In The Life of the Law, Alfred H. Knight outlines how some of the main contours of American law came to be as he recounts twenty-one stories beginning with Alfred the Great in the late ninth century and ending with the Rodney King trials in 1993. Knight gives us a veritable "biography" of our legal tradition by focusing on the key individuals, and the pivotal cases that have helped to mold the law as we know it today. The Life of the Law finds a riveting story behind each historic decision and recounts the tales with both narrative flair and ironic wit. The law is a living organism, constantly changing as new cases are decided, building on and modifying decisions that went before. Every case, no matter how lofty the principles involved, represents a human drama, a clash of competing desires. Alfred Knight's reflections on how twenty-one of these cases have left their mark on our society will inform and fascinate anyone interested in the law.

Introduction
Nationalizing English Justice (Late Ninth Century)
The Rule of Law (1215)
The Bar Is Born (1291)
Binding Precedent (1454)
Man Against the State (1535)
The Right to Confront Accusers (1603)
Judicial Review (1610)
The Death of a Scapegoat (1641)
The Privilege Against Self-incrimination (1649)
Freedom of the Press (1735)
Unreasonable Searches and Seizures (1761-65)
The Bill of Rights (1791)
Constructive Treason (1807)
Equality as Law (1853)
Unreasonable Searches and Seizures, Continued (1886)
The Right of Privacy (1890)
Nationalizing American Justice (1913-23)
The Right to Counsel (1942)
Equality as Law, Continued
Freedom of the Press, Continued (1964)
Trial by Jury (1993)
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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