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Law is everywhere. Every day, the news features a notorious criminal trial, a massive lawsuit, or a new constitutional claim. But it all seems so complicated.
In a book brimming with legal puzzles, interesting anecdotes, thought-provoking questions, and intellectual stimulation, Jay M. Feinman offers a delightfully clear introduction to law, giving us a solid understanding of the American legal tradition, and covering the main subjects taught in the first year of law school.
Readers are introduced to every aspect of the legal system, including constitutional law, the litigation process, personal injury law, contract law, property law, and criminal law.
Feinman illuminates each discussion with many intriguing, outrageous, and infamous cases, from the sensational murder trial in Victorian London that led to the legal definition of insanity, to the epochal decision in Marbury v. Madison that gave the Supreme Court the power to declare state and federal laws unconstitutional, to the infamous McDonald's hot coffee case. He broadens the reader's legal vocabulary, clarifying the meaning of everything from "due process" and "equal protection" in constitutional law, to the distinction between "murder" and "manslaughter" in criminal law.
This third edition has been fully updated throughout, and incorporates the most recent developments in the American legal system, including new material on 2009 Supreme Court cases, the legal response to the war on terror (such as the Guantanamo detainees and electronic surveillance), and new and updated material on law on the Internet.
Everyone who wants a better grasp of current legal issues, including ordinary citizens, students contemplating law school, and journalists covering the legislature or the courts, will find here a wonderful source of information--a complete, clear, and colorful map of the American legal system.