Judicial Process: Law, Courts, and Politics in the United States

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Cengage Learning, Jan 14, 2009 - Political Science - 576 pages
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Working within the framework of law and politics, JUDICIAL PROCESS combines detailed information about the major structures and processes of the American judiciary with an insider’s understanding of the importance of courthouse dynamics. From the organization and procedures of the various courts to the current applications of specific laws, this text explores the roles and impact of the judicial system. Throughout the text, the authors not only explain what the legal rules are but also explore each rule’s underlying assumptions, history, and goals--for a complete and balanced look at the role of the judicial system today.
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Law Courts and Politics
Law and Legal Systems
Federal Courts
State Courts
Lawyers and Legal Representation
Mobilizing the Law Litigants Interest Groups Court Cases and the Media
Trial Courts The Preliminary Stages of Criminal Cases
Trial Courts How Civil Cases End
Trials and Juries
The Appellate Process
The Supreme Court Deciding What to Decide
The Supreme Court The Justices and Their Decisions
Case Index
Subject Index

Trial Courts How Criminal Cases End Bargaining and Sentencing
Trial Courts How Civil Cases Begin

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David William Neubauer has taught at the University of Florida, at Washington University in St. Louis, and most recently at the University of New Orleans. In addition to this best-selling text, he is the author of DEBATING CRIME: RHETORIC AND REALITY, and BATTLE SUPREME: THE CONFIRMATION OF CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS AND THE FUTURE OF THE SUPREME COURT, both from Wadsworth. His articles have appeared in a wide array of scholarly journals, including Law and Society Review, Judicature, Policy Studies Journal, and Law and Policy Quarterly. Dr. Neubauer's current research interests include nominations to the Supreme Court and religion in public life.

Stephen S. Meinhold is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he teaches classes on Judicial Politics, Constitutional Law, the Presidency, and Research Methods. Dr. Meinhold recently published the new Wadsworth title BATTLE SUPREME: THE CONFIRMATION OF CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS AND THE FUTURE OF THE SUPREME COURT. Professor Meinhold's current research focuses on college students' use of attorneys, their plans to attend law school, and their attitudes about the legal system. He has published articles in POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY, SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, JUSTICE SYSTEM JOURNAL, and PS: POLITICAL SCIENCE AND POLITICS.

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