Fair Trial

Fair Trial : Rights of the Accused in American History

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The only comprehensive survey of rights of the accused in American history, this new text guides the reader through the development of these rights and their central relationship to liberty, justice, and social order. Integrating legal, social, and political history, Fair Trial focuses on the defendant's rights in theory and practice and traces developments in local and state courts as well as in the U.S. Supreme Court, recognizing that, throughout history, the expression and protection of rights has most often been a matter of local concern. The second volume in the Bicentennial Essays on the Bill of Rights series, co-sponsored by the Organization of American Historians and Oxford University Press, this is an essential introduction to criminal due process and its importance to American liberty.show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 135.9 x 202.7 x 10.2mm | 199.06g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195055594
  • 9780195055597

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The only comprehensive survey of rights of the accused in America history, this readable new text guides the student through the development of these rights and their central relationship to liberty, justice, and social order. Integrating legal, social, and political history. Fair Trial focuses on the defendant's rights in theory and practice and traces developments in local and state courts as well as in the United States Supreme Court, recognizing that, throughout history, the expression and protection of rights has most often been a matter of local concern.show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. The Colonial Background ; 2. The Revolutionary Legacy ; 3. Due Process in the New Republic ; 4. The Meaning of Due Process, 1865-0930 ; 5. Fair Trial, Federalism, and Rights of the Accused ; 6. Judicial Liberalism and the Due Process Revolution ; 7. Rights of the Accused in a Conservative Age ; Notes ; Suggestions for Further Reading ; Indexshow more

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A useful, timely, brief but informative overview. Ought to be very helpful as collateral reading in 'Constitutional Law' courses. H.J. Abraham, University of Virginia Will be of interest to students of history and pre-law candidates. Bimonthly Review of Law Books The best single synthetic handling of the topic and should be useful to teacher and layperson alike...[A] good introductory book to an important topic. American Historical Review An excellent survey of the evolution of procedural rights in American criminal justice! Susan W. Brenner, University of Dayton Ohio A very fine reader on the history and complexities surrounding the development of the law of fair trial in the United States A highly readable interpretation.show more

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