Steps to the Supreme Court A Guided Tour of the American Legal System

ISBN-10: 111811499X

ISBN-13: 9781118114995

Edition: 2012

Authors: Peter Irons

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A guide to the American legal system, told through the story of two actual court casesThe Steps to the Supreme Court takes a lively, narrative approach to the subject by following two real cases--one civil, one criminal--as they work their way through the system all the way up to the Supreme Court. Written by a member of the Supreme Court bar, this book brings the legal system to life in a practical, accessible, and compelling way.• Covers the key legal terms, principles, and processes you need to have a basic grasp of the American legal system• Tracks the criminal case involving the murder trial of Paul House and follows the defendant from the night of the murder through his conviction, appeals, and final chance for exoneration at the hands of the Supreme Court• Follows a civil case concerning the Ten Commandments being displayed on public property, following the parties from the time the plaintiffs filed their complaints through the Supreme Court decisions and back to the aftermath in the lower courts as they wrestle with a divided complex ruling• Written by the author of A People's History of the Supreme Court, and other classic works on the American justice system
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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Peter Irons is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He lives in San Diego, California.

Preface "How Did You Get Here?"
Introduction "The Judicial Power of the United States": How Our Courts Were Framed and How They Function
"No Reasonable Juror": The Death-Row Ordeal of Paul House
The Murder of Carolyn Muncey
The Murder Trial of Paul House
Paul House's Appeals in the Tennessee State Courts
Paul House's Federal Habeas Corpus Petition and Hearing
Paul House Seeks Relief from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Paul House's Appeal to the United States Supreme Court
The House Case Returns to the Federal and State Courts
"An Establishment of Religion": The Ten Commandments and Crosses in the Courts
A Tale of Two Cities and Two Cases
The Hearings and the Opinions in the McCreary County
The Supreme Court Appeals in the Ten Commandments Cases
The Impact of Justice Breyer's Concurrence on Pending Ten Commandments Cases
The Influence of Politics in Religion Cases: The Mt. Soledad Cross Case
Religious Politics, Judicial Snarls, and the Mojave Desert Cross Case
Appendix of Supreme Court Opinions
Opinions in House v. Bell
Opinions in McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky
Opinions in Van Orden v. Perry
Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading
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