Political Trials: Gordian Knots in the Law

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Ronald Christenson
Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1986 - Law - 303 pages
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Political Trials takes issues of responsibility, conscience, representation, and legitimacy, and raises questions about our public identity, our standards for public policy, and our sense of history. Christenson explores how political trials engage society's conflicting values and loyalties. He examines numerous cases throughout history, bringing into question basic foundations of law, politics, and society. Since the first edition appeared, a number of notable political trials have raised critical issues. Christenson discusses these and shows how they have made a positive contribution to an open and democratic society.
 

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Contents

What Is A Political Trial?
3
Partisan Trials The Question of Expediency
16
The SWAPO Trial A Partisan Trial
34
Trials of Corruption and Insanity The Question of Responsibility
72
Trials of Dissenters The Question of Conscience
105
The Wisconsin Bomber Trial of a Frustrated Dissenter
147
Trials of Nationalists The Question of Representation
164
The Wounded Knee Trial A Trial of Nationalists
197
Trials of Regimes The Question of Legitimacy
228
Conclusion Do Hard Cases Make Bad Law?
253
Jury Selection in the Wounded Knee Trial
261
Possible Political Trials
268
Bibliography
285
Index
295
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