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Legal System

ISBN-10: 0737737581

ISBN-13: 9780737737585

Edition: 2008

Authors: Clare Hanrahan

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Our legal system was founded on principles from a long time ago, but the nation's forefathers were able to build a system that could grow through time. As new facets of life emerge, the legal system must wrap itself around any related issues. This collection of essays debates several issues relating to our legal system. Presented in a pro versus con format, readers navigate through each essay and counter essay to evaluate what they're learning. Four chapters debate whether the legal system is in jeopardy, whether the jury system works, whether the criminal justice system is fair, and what role the media should play in the system.
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Book details

List price: $33.80
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Publication date: 12/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?
Introduction
Is the U.S. Legal System in Jeopardy?
Chapter Preface
The USA Patriot Act Strengthen sthe Legal System
The USA Patriot Act Undermines the Legal System
The Military Commissions Act of 2006 Protects National Security
The Military Commissions Act of 2006 Infringes on Judicial Due Process
Presidential Signing Statements Ensure That New Laws Are Constitutional
Presidential Signing Statements Violate Constitutional Checks and Balances
DNA Testing Proves the Legal System Is Flawed
DNA Testing Does Not Prove the Legal System Is Flawed
Periodical Bibliography
Does the Judicial System Work?
Chapter Preface
Grand Jury Powers Are Needed in Criminal Investigations
Grand Jury Procedures Harm the Accused
Peremptory Challenges Based on Religion Should Be Allowed
Peremptory Challenges Based on Religion Should Not Be Allowed
The Religious Right Attempts to Influence Judges
Political Attacks Threaten Judicial Independence
Periodical Bibliography
Is the Criminal Justice System Fair?
Chapter Preface
Habeas Corpus Is the Foundation of a Fair Justice System
Habeas Corpus Suspension Is a Necessary War-Time Power
Undocumented Workers Should Receive Legal Status
Undocumented Workers Should Not Receive Legal Status
Plea Bargains Expedite Justice
Plea Bargains Jeopardize Justice
Periodical Bibliography
What Should Be the Role of the Media in the Legal System?
Chapter Preface
Internet Bloggers Should Have Media Access to Courtrooms
Internet Bloggers Should Not Have Media Access to Courtrooms
Cameras Should Be Allowed in the U.S. Supreme Court
Cameras Should Not Be Allowed in the U.S. Supreme Court
Limits on Media Access to Celebrity Trials Is Appropriate
Limits on Media Access to Celebrity Trials Is Unfair
Media Coverage of Trials Should Inform, Not Merely Entertain
Periodical Bibliography
For Further Discussion
Organizations to Contact
Bibliography of Books
Index