Law Makers, Law Breakers and Uncommon Trials

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From the divine right of Charles I to the civil rights struggle of Rosa Parks, 25 non-fiction stories provide a panorama of people whose actions helped form our legal system and our world. Constitution makers, Civil War enemies, Irish rebels, World War II Nazis, murder and passion, art and prejudice appear in a page-turner that reads like a mystery novel. Did Dr. Samuel Mudd participate in the Lincoln assassination? Was Captain Charles McVay III responsible for the sinking of the USS Indianapolis? Did Levi Weeks ...

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Overview

From the divine right of Charles I to the civil rights struggle of Rosa Parks, 25 non-fiction stories provide a panorama of people whose actions helped form our legal system and our world. Constitution makers, Civil War enemies, Irish rebels, World War II Nazis, murder and passion, art and prejudice appear in a page-turner that reads like a mystery novel. Did Dr. Samuel Mudd participate in the Lincoln assassination? Was Captain Charles McVay III responsible for the sinking of the USS Indianapolis? Did Levi Weeks kill pretty Elma Sands? Read about unknown founder James Wilson and Hitler's lawyer, Hans Frank. Discover the back stories of landmark cases and enjoy the cross examination and trial skills of lawyers in top form.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590318805
  • Publisher: American Bar Association
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     xiii
Preface     xv
Acknowledgments     xvii
About the Authors     xix
Making a Nation     1
The King Who Lost His Head: The Trial of Charles I     3
James Wilson: An Unknown American Founder     15
The 1798 Sedition Act: President's Party Prosecutes Press     31
Signed, Sealed, but Not Delivered: Marbury v. Madison     43
Dividing a Nation     53
Justice Benjamin Curtis and Dred Scott     55
The Long, Strange Case of Dr. Samuel Mudd: The Lincoln Assassination     73
The Unusual Judah P. Benjamin     89
Passion and Murder in America     101
The Life and Death of George Wythe: "I Am Murdered"     103
The Trial of Levi Weeks: Hamilton and Burr for the Defense     115
Wild Bill Hickok: The Two Trials of Jack McCall     133
Justice Stephen Field, Justice David Terry, and Sarah Althea Hill     147
Mountain Meadows Massacre     161
Defending Irish Rebels     173
A Punctuation Mark: Rex v. Casement     175
The Spelling Game: Russell's Cross-Examination of Pigott     201
Fighting Nazi Injustice     215
Hans Frank: Hitler's Lawyer     217
The Ardeatine Caves     237
Massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane     247
Exodus: The Trial     261
Zigzag: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis     275
The Prejudice Trials     293
Schumann v. Wieck: The Battle for Clara     295
Whistler V. Ruskin: A Question of Art     303
Sir Edward Carson Cross-Examines Oscar Wilde     319
United States of America against One Book Entitled Ulysses by James Joyce     337
Pride and Prejudice: The Dark Side of Henry Ford     351
Rosa Parks: An American Icon     367
Bibliography     385
Index     397
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