Controversy, Courts, And Community

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Explores how a famous trial court judge used rhetorical strategies to engage the public and the legal community in challenging the accepted views of the proper roles for the courts and the community in the pursuit of justice. Analyzes the role of Judge Lord in stimulating public debate about some well-known and controversial cases and in doing so helps enrich our understanding of how trial court judicial rhetoric and opinions can contribute to public understanding and a fruitful discussion of the law, the courts,...

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Overview

Explores how a famous trial court judge used rhetorical strategies to engage the public and the legal community in challenging the accepted views of the proper roles for the courts and the community in the pursuit of justice. Analyzes the role of Judge Lord in stimulating public debate about some well-known and controversial cases and in doing so helps enrich our understanding of how trial court judicial rhetoric and opinions can contribute to public understanding and a fruitful discussion of the law, the courts, and their relationship to the community.

Judge Lord made his opinions accessible and potentially persuasive to a public auidence through his attention to judicial personal, argument structures that helped to maintain a sense of dramatic narrative, the use of plain language, and the use of substitution, metaphor, and comparison. In addition to offering practical insights into the operation of trial courts, judicial persuasion, and the settlement of some important cases, provides an overview of different judicial approaches to the use of rhetoric. This in-depth study of a noted judge and important trials can serve as a useful text for students in law, communications, public policy, and American studies and will be of interest to scholars and professionals alike.

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Miles Welton Lord is an example of a lower-court judge whose approach to judging reflected a conception of a closer reciprocal relationship among the law, the courts, and the community than the relationship envisioned by many of his judicial colleagues. The author provides a quick history of judicial philosophies and conventions followed by a discussion of Lord's background, his approach to judging, an overview of his decisions and opinions, and a detailed examination of opinions he wrote in cases that involved significant public controversy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

VERNA C. CORGAN, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Communications Arts at Hamline University, has a PhD in speech communication from the University of Minnesota. She has been concentrating on studies of judicial rhetoric at the trial court level that apply current theories of law and rhetoric and how they have influenced the outcome and public reponse to controversial cases.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Approaches to Law and Rhetoric 7
3 Miles Welton Lord 23
4 The Honorable, Rhetorical Miles Welton Lord 47
5 Lord Against the Reserve Mining Company 67
6 The Wages of Corporate Sin 105
7 Arms, the Judge, and the Man 139
8 Judicial Rhetoric and the Community 157
References 175
Index 197
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