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Get a behind-the-scenes look at America's legal system with JUDICIAL PROCESS. Combining detailed information about the structures, processes, and dynamics that inform today's judicial system, the Sixth Edition explores the roles and impact of the courts through a variety of controversial cases that continue to spark national debate. You'll not only discover what the legal rules are but also explore each rule's underlying assumptions, history, and goals, providing a complete and balanced look inside courtrooms in the United States and around the world.
"It goes beyond what typical Judicial Process books cover by also explaining the different kinds of legal systems, differences in criminal/civil law as well as discussing the role of lawyers and judges in the system. While it has a great deal of breadth, most of the individual chapters go into depth as well."
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.
1. Law, Courts, and Politics. 2. Law and Legal Systems. 3. Federal Courts. 4. State Courts. 5. Lawyers and Legal Representation. 6. Judges. 7. Mobilizing the Law: Litigants, Interest Groups, Court Cases, and the Media. 8. Trial Courts: The Preliminary Stages of Criminal Cases. 9. Trial Courts: How Criminal Cases End: Bargaining and Sentencing. 10. Trial Courts: How Civil Cases Begin. 11. Trial Courts: How Civil Cases End. 12. Trials and Juries. 13. The Appellate Process. 14. The Supreme Court: Deciding What to Decide. 15. The Supreme Court: The Justices and Their Decisions.