Defendant Rights: A Reference Handbook

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Written for the general reader, this book examines the scope of the legal rights granted by the U.S. Constitution to those accused of a crime. Defendant Rights examines the history of the Anglo-American legal tradition and compares and contrasts this with the major international systems of the world.

Of special significance are the book's sections on the development of the British Dooms Law books under the Anglo-Saxon kings, and the Magna Carta's impact on American legal thought. Especially important in today's political climate is the coverage of Islam's sacred text, the Koran, and the role of the Islamic Kadi.

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"This book does what it was designed to do: provide a nontechnical overview of the topic of defendant rights . . . it will be a valuable resource for students doing research."


The Law and Politics Book Review

"Researchers, whether they are freshmen in college or attorneys moving out of their specialties, will find this a most helpful and informative volume."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576079355
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/24/2004
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

1 History 1
2 Issues and controversies 45
3 Chronology 85
4 A world perspective 103
5 Key people, cases, and terms 133
6 Documents and data 159
7 Agencies and organizations 187
8 Print and nonprint resources 201
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