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A 10 page examination of the 1991 congressional hearing regarding Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against then nominee for the Supreme Court Clarence Thomas, the public perceptionof the case, and the overall impact. Biblioography lists six sources.

A well-argued 5 page look at how the O.J. Simpson criminal trial may have had harmful implications for the American legal system. The writer feels that this historic case was decided more on emotion than on fact.. that is was adversely affected by the media.. and that it will likely have a lasting impact on ...

A 5 page analysis of the Kutler's book, Privilege and Creative Destruction: The Charles River Bridge Case. The writer demonstrates that this landmark case of the early nineteenth century has relevance for current day society. No additional sources cited.

This 6 page paper explores several theories of law and concludes that originalism is the only valid way to interpret law in the United States. The 1931 McBoyle v. United States is used to begin the discussion. Scalia's opinions are duly noted. Textualism is discussed. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

The Monkey Trial

  • 12 page paper

12 pages in length. The infamous 'Monkey Trial,' so named for the trial of the century in which legal defense lawyer Clarence Darrow squared off with William Jennings Bryan. These two well-known attorneys were arguing the case in which John Thomas Scopes, represented by Darrow, was on trial for violating Tennessee law by ...

Corruption in the Courts

  • 10 page paper

This 10 page paper looks at abuse of power and evidence tampering. Several famous cases are used for illustrative purposes such as the trials involving Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, O.J. Simpson and Mumia Abu-Jamal. The Bill Clinton hearing is also referenced. Details of these cases, in terms of evidence and abuse of power, are duly ...

Chief Justices

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page paper which discusses various aspects of two particular court cases and the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court which presented the court's opinion. The court cases are Worcester v. Georgia (1832) and Wisconsin v. Mitchell (1993). The judges discussed are, respectively, John Marshall and William H Rehnquist. Both of the cases presented dealt with issues of ...

The Scopes Trial:

  • 5 page paper

5 pages in length. The infamous Scopes Trial, sometimes known as the "Monkey Trial," so named for the trial of the century in which legal defense lawyer Clarence Darrow squared off with William Jennings Bryan, is the subject of a book by Edward J. Larson. In his book, Summer for the Gods, Larson ...

6 pages in length. Perhaps one of the most horrific and certainly most newsworthy of crimes is that of mothers who kill their children. That a mother could take the life of those she gave life to is an unthinkable act, one that nobody can truly understand. This paper focuses on the ...

This 5 page report discusses the issues surrounding the recent lawsuit filed against the Microsoft Corporation by the U.S. Department of Justice. What issues were at hand? Why did the government believe it had a legitimate case? The question uppermost in the concerns regarding the case focused more on the fact that Microsoft violated the terms of a ...

A 25 page paper. The state of New York is an Equitable Distribution state. This is different than a community property state in which all marital property is simply divided in half between the two divorcing partners. Equitable distribution means that marital property, which includes assets and debts, is to be divided in an equitable ...

Plessy v Ferguson

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page paper which discusses the case of Please v Ferguson, based on the book "Please v Ferguson: A Brief History with Documents," edited by Brook Thomas. This book helps to further enlighten the reader about the case, as well as about history in general during the time of the court case. No additional sources cited.

A 40 page paper which summarizes chapters 5-13 of the textbook, "Problems in Contract Law: Cases and Materials" (Fourth Edition) by Charles L. Knapp, Nathan M. Crystal, and Harry G. Prince. No additional sources cited.

This 8 page paper considers the coverage of the trial of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and the subsequent news stories that have outlined his life. This paper suggests that different perspectives can be viewed in the reports in the mainstream press and in African-American press outlets. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

4 pages in length. The infamous Rodney King case in Los Angeles not only added to the already raging fire of racism, but it also incited an aftermath of rioting that served to culminate in death and devastation. The riots ignited after the trial's verdict was announced, sending a strong message to white supremacists ...

(5 pp) It is doubtful that the reasons behind the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 can tidily be bundled up in one relative cause. However one influence, that has only recently been suggested is" ergot poisoning," a fungal mutation present on rye grain during certain climatic and land conditions. This paper will ...

A 5 page paper which discusses three important court cases which deal with religion in public schools. The cases discussed are Everson v. Board of Education (1947), Engel v. Vitale (1962), and Pickering v. Board of Education (1968). Bibliography lists 5 sources.

(6 pp). Everything changes. The legal system in the United States is not immune to change, particularly in the area of race relations, citizenship and its attending rights. Four historic legal cases reflect the attitudes of the courts: Dred Scott v Sandford (1857), Plessy v Ferguson (1895), Brown v Board of ...

(6pp) For centuries women have been thought of "property," but time and situations have been leading to slow but sure progression towards women's independence. In this we shall begin by examining Muller v Oregon, 1908; events leading into the progressive era; and the influence of muckrakers on women and current society.

(5 pp) "If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, then it will protect all of you. Because I'm the worst." Shocking? Perverted? Or - just the every day words of porno king and owner, of Hustler Magazine, Larry Flynt? Are we to believe that the "worst" has ...

The Insanity Defense

  • 6 page paper

This 6 page paper delves into the history of the insanity defense and also evaluates when it is used. Several well-known cases are referenced. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

This 5 page paper considers the precedent setting case of Donoghue v Stevenson in English law, and the way that it established the principle of a duty of care under tort law. The paper looks at the case and discusses the implications, including references to Ross v Caunters and the Hedley Byrne principle. The bibliography ...

A 5 page overview of the film. The author of this paper relates the major events of the film and compares it to the HBO docudrama “The McMartin Trial”. In each film the subject is the alleged sexual abuse of children. In “Innocence Lost” the accused, Robert Kelly is found guilty despite ...

This 5 page paper considers this land mark case, the principles it set in common law and how this may be interpreted in relationship to modern company law. The bibliography cites 5 sources.

This is a 5 page paper discussing the murder and investigation of the James Byrd Jr. case in Jasper, Texas. Three white men were sentenced to death (Bill King and Lawrence Brewer) and life imprisonment (Shawn Berry) for the hate crime of beating and dragging James Byrd, a black man, behind their truck until he ...

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