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Stanley I. Kutler/The Charles River Bridge Case
A 5 page analysis of the Kutler's book, Privilege and Creative Destruction: The Charles River Bridge Case. The writer demonstrates that this landmark case of the early nineteenth century has relevance for current day society. No additional sources...
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Tobacco Lawsuits
A 7 page paper which discusses the conditions involving the tobacco industry and the legal court system today, in relationship to the prevention of underage smoking. One of the most recent court cases is illustrated, as well as charts and...
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Changing Definitions: Native American Heritage as it Relates to DNA Testing
A 10 page discussion of the governmental role and interest in the classification of "Native American". Explains the governmental restrictions as to who can classify themselves as Native American, the necessity of being on a tribal roll, and the...
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The Development of the American Law Enforcement
This 40 page paper considers the origins and early development of American law enforcement, with a focus on the evolution of police administration theory and practice, specific era of police reform, and the specific views of constituencies,...
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The Impact of Divorce on Women.
(7 pp) the divorce rate in the United States is the highest in the world. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. Sixty-seven percent of all second marriages end in divorce. 90% of divorced mothers have custody of their children...
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Should Executions Be Televised?
A 6 page research paper that investigates this question, looking at the ramifications of such a step and how it might affect the populace. Annotated bibliography lists 15 sources.
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The Use of Historical Evidence in Contemporary Debates
5 pages in length. Oftentimes in contemporary debates we see the use of historical court cases and past decisions brought up in order to help sway the arguments. Many critics of this action question the validity of bringing up historical...
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In Favor of Same-Sex marriage
( 5 pp.) This discussion will look at the emotionally charged issue of homosexual marriage. It is this writer's opinion that this has become a social "non-problem," and should be treated as such. In a dynamic and vital society, there are...
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Voting in the United States
This 5 page report discusses voter participation and the lack of it in U.S. elections. Only 49 percent of the people of eligible age participated in the 1996 presidential election that re-elected Bill Clinton to the White House and continued the...
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Ethical Treatment for the Mentally Ill
Ethical Treatment for the Mentally Ill: This 8-page report examines the way that society treats its mentally ill within the US Justice System. Frequently, they do not have the right to refuse court-ordered psychotropic medication that makes them...
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The Application Of Kenneth Burke's Pentad
In 1988, Jerry Falwell (of the Moral Majority) sought damages from the publisher of Hustler Magazine, Larry Flint, for a defamatory cartoon. The case was eventually heard by the Supreme Court, who ruled in Flint's favor, deciding that the first...
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Palko verses the State of Connecticut: Applicability of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments
A 5 page examination of the question of whether a retrial on the basis of state prejudice (resulting in the subsequent sentence to death) constitute double jeopardy as is defined in the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. ...
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Ethics and Morality according to Aristotle in the Legal Defense of a Guilty Man
This 10 page report discusses issues of ethics and morality from the perspective of Aristotle. The situation is one in which an attorney
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ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
This 15 page paper discusses the pros and cons of alternative dispute resolutions and arbitrators. Examples are given which support both sides. Bibliograpy lists 13 sources.
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ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION: PROS AND CONS
This 15 page paper discusses the pros and cons of both mediation and arbitration. Examples from both domestic and corporate world given. Bibliography lists 15 sources.
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