When is a political trial good or bad in terms of responsible governance and fairness to individuals or groups? Professors Abel and Marsh define, evaluate, and justify the usefulness of various kinds of political trials, going back through history to answer these questions in practical terms. They point to basic assumptions and various theoretical approaches and assess specific court practices and cases, while showing real dangers and opportunities that have been part of our history. They cover cases involving the establishment and free exercise clauses of the Constitution, including privacy, religious, medical, bioethical, and health-care issues that are of major concern today. This history is important to political scientists, legal scholars, lawyers, historians, and others concerned with civil rights.
About the Author
CHARLES F. ABEL, is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Political Science Department, Edinboro State College, Edinboro, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Punishment and Restitution (1984), published by Greenwood Press, and several articles on political science and philosophy.
FRANK H. MARSH, Professor of Philosophy, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, has written at length about medical ethics and legal issues. His recent books include Medicine and Money (1990) and Punishment and Restitution (1984), both published by Greenwood Press, and Biology, Crime, and Ethics (1984).
Table of Contents
The Ubiquitous Political Trial
Contrasting Theories of the Political Trial
Defining and Evaluating Political Trials
Justifying Political Trials
Political Trials, Science and Religion: The Proper Relationship between Church and State
Political Trials, Science and Religion: Politics and Medical Science