Law In Literature - Legal Themes In Short Stories / Edition 1

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An anthology of classic short stories with legal themes. For pleasure reading or use in legal studies courses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878754724
  • Publisher: The Buckingham Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 470
  • Sales rank: 649,989
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Natural, Divine, and Positive Law 3
"God Sees the Truth, but Waits" 5
Excerpts from Antigone 11
2 Obedience to Positive Law 15
"Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby" 18
"The Bicentennial Man" 21
3 Equality 51
"Harrison Bergeron" 54
"The Lynching of Jube Benson" 59
4 Standards and Presumptions 65
"The Corpus Delicti" 68
"The Benefit of the Doubt" 88
5 Finding the Truth 103
"In A Grove" 105
"Story of the Chief of Old Cairo": From The Arabian Nights 112
6 The Jury System 113
"Beyond Any Doubt" 115
"A Jury of Her Peers" 124
7 Trial Lawyers in Action 141
"Colonel Starbottle for the Plaintiff" 144
"Triumph of Justice" 164
8 The Judicial Process 173
"How the Pretty Maid of Portillon Convinced Her Judge" 176
"A Wasted Day" 181
9 Theories of Punishment 193
"The Two Drovers" 196
"Too Dear!" 216
10 Capital Punishment 221
"In the Penal Colony" 224
"The Pit and the Pendulum" 244
11 The Guilty Conscience 255
"The Tell-Tale Heart" 258
"The Minister's Black Veil" 262
12 Justice 273
"Mateo Falcone" 276
"Barn Burning" 285
13 Juvenile Delinquency 301
"Hard to Be Good" 304
"Paul's Case" 321
14 Murderers 337
"Sicilian Honor" 340
"Han's Crime" 346
15 The Mens Rea 355
"The Catbird Seat" 358
"The Animus Furandi" 365
16 Defenses of Necessity and Passion 377
"Rosalie Prudent" 380
"The Assassin" 383
17 Property Concepts 389
"How Much Land Does a Man Need?" 392
"Under the Lion's Paw" 404
18 Contracts and Negotiable Instruments 415
"Hippolyte's Claim" 418
"The Negotiable Cow" 422
19 Torts 427
"Fardell & Potts: The Reasonable Man" 429
"The Most Outrageous Consequences" 433
20 Domestic Relations 439
"Counsel for Oedipus" 442
"Madame Filippa Is Accused of Wronging Her Husband" 451
Appendix A: Wigmore's List of Legal Novels 453
Appendix B: Weisberg and Kretschman's Expanded List of Law-Related Literary Works 457
Appendix C: Fifty Law-Related Films 463
Index 469
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