Item description for May It Please the Court: Judicial Processes and Politics in America, Second Edition by Brian L. Porto...
Overview Written by a practicing lawyer, this text offers a realistic view of the courts, including their day-to-day procedures, and it conveys the human drama of criminal and civil litigation. Actual court cases at the end of each chapter give students an opportunity to think critically, and provides a springboard for class discussion.
Despite their clarity and sophistication, most judicial process texts currently available have two significant limitations. First, they understate the effects of legal factors such as stare decisis on judicial decision-making and second, they fail to convey the human emotions involved in litigation. Reflecting the author's experience as a political scientist, law student, judicial clerk, practicing attorney, and law professor, May It Please the Court: Judicial Processes and Politics in America, Second Edition redresses this imbalance by giving well-deserved attention to legal influences on judicial decisions and to the human drama of litigation.
Each chapter reflects the book's premise that the judicial process operates at the intersection of law and politics, and this theme guides the discussions. The coverage in the book is far-reaching, exploring numerous topics, including the structure of federal and state courts, the selection and removal of judges, and the legal profession's history and culture. It discusses two hypothetical cases, outlining their trial and appellate proceedings. It also presents an engaging debate about the legitimacy and the utility of judicial policy making.
New to this edition:
Expanded appendices, including a discussion of computerized legal research
New illustrative cases, documents, and web references
All chapters updated to reflect changes since the first publication in 2001
The final chapter summarizes the theme of the book, noting that courts not only enforce norms and resolve disputes, but also, as a coequal branch of government, shape the fundamental power relationships that drive American politics. The chapter ends by observing that the judicial process offers a window on the entire American political system. This book clarifies the view from that window.
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Studio: CRC Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Oct 17, 2008
ISBN 1420067672 ISBN13 9781420067675
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More About Brian L. Porto
BRIAN L. PORTO is an attorney, a freelance writer, and Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Vermont. His writings have appeared in the Seton Hall Journal of Sport Law, the Vermont Bar Journal, and the Journal of Sport and Social Issues. He is the author of May It Please the Court: Judicial Process and Politics in America (2001), and The Craft of Legal Reasoning (1998).
Brian L. Porto has an academic affiliation as follows - College of St. Joseph.