In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action

Ellen Alderman, Author, Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg, With William Morrow & Co Inc $22.95 (430p) ISBN 978-0-688-07801-0
Does a citizenry's revulsion at hate-mongering outweigh the Ku Klux Klan's claimed right to broadcast racist messages? In what circumstances do national security considerations give government the wherewithal to clamp restrictions on a free press? If a mother suspected of child abuse refuses to tell authorities where the youngster is for fear that the state will take him from her, is she acting within the Fifth Amendment right protecting against self-incrimination? These cases and many other thorny issues addressed in this compelling casebook had legal outcomes that hinged on the courts' interpretation of the Bill of Rights. For each of the 10 amendments, one or more pertinent cases are presented in clear, impartial, jargon-free discussions encompassing the rights to privacy, gun control, FBI surveillance of political activists, minimum wage, flag burning and other issues. Columbia Law School graduates Alderman, a Manhattan attorney, and Kennedy (daughter of JFK) have produced a valuable primer for Supreme Court watchers. BOMC alternate. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
Paperback - 432 pages - 978-0-380-71720-0
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-99985-4
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