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American Constitutional Law Introductory Essays and Selected Cases

ISBN-10: 0133415465

ISBN-13: 9780133415469

Edition: 11th 1996

Authors: Alpheus T. Mason, D. Grier Stephenson

List price: $66.00
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This classic collection of carefully selected and edited Supreme Court case excerpts and comprehensive background essays explores constitutional law and the role of the Supreme Court in its development and interpretation. Well-grounded in both theory and politics, it displays the role of the U.S. Supreme Court as a legal AND political institution and as a major player in American government. It includes instructions for Reading a Supreme Court Decision. Using explanations and examples, walks readers through the task of briefing (making a detailed outline of) and understanding a case. Updates all essays and cases to reflect recent developments and decisions by the Supreme Court -- especially from the 1996-1997 Term -- during which the Court rearranged more constitutional furniture than usual. Expands the essay on Freedom of Expression to consider constitutional issues facing the electronic media (including the Internet). Features 9 new cases -- all decided by the Supreme Court since 1995 . Demonstrates the political significance of the cases that the Court decides by connecting them with what appears to be at stake when the President fills a vacancy on the Court. Features relevant extra-judicial material that highlight conflict among political and judicial actors over the proper role for the Supreme Court in American government.
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Book details

List price: $66.00
Edition: 11th
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 736
Size: 7.48" wide x 9.84" long
Weight: 2.728
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: A Political Supreme Court
Jurisdiction and Organization of the Federal Courts
The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and Judicial Review
Congress, the Court, and the President
Federalism
Commerce Power and State Power
Congressional Power Under the Commerce Clause
National Taxing and Spending Power
Property Rights, the Contract Clause, and the Development of Due Process
Criminal Justice and the Nationalization of the Bill of Rights
Freedom of Expression
Religious Liberty
Privacy
Equal Protection of the Laws
App.: The Constitution of the United States of America
App.: Table 1: Justices of the Supreme Court
App.: Table 2: Presidents and Justices
Index of Cases
Index of Justices
Noteworthy Decisions: 1994-1995