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Two-volume Set: The Federalist Papers & The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates (Signet Classics)
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Two-volume Set: The Federalist Papers & The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates (Signet Classics)

By Alexander Hamilton; James Madison; John Jay; Charles R. Kessler (intro); Clinton Rossiter (ed); Ralph Ketcham (ed + intro)

New York: Signet / New American Library. Mass Market Paperback. 2003. Two-volume set. New. Not remaindered. Not damaged. 1100 pages. Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers explain the complexities of a constitutional government--its politic al structure and principles based on the inherent rights of man. The Anti-Federalist Papers represented the dissenting opinions of such important thinkers as Patrick Henry and John DeWitt, who saw threats in the Constitution to the rights and liberties so recently won from England. Both are milestones in political science and classics of American political theory.

$13.50

The Best Defense
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The Best Defense

By Alan M. Dershowitz

New York: Vintage. Trade Paperback. May 12, 1983. First Vintage Books Edition. Very Good. Dust stains to edges. Interior unmarked, but lightly tanned. Spine tight and uncreased. Light rubbing to covers. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. xxii + 425 pages.

$7.95

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
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The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

By John Grisham

New York: Doubleday. Hardcover. 2006. First Edition / full number line. Fine book in a Fine jacket. Unmarked. Spine ends bumped. Cover clean and bright. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 360 pages. John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet. In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits—drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa. In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder. With no physical evidence, the prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row. If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.

$9.95

Claim of Privilege: A Mysterious Plane Crash, a Landmark Supreme Court Case, and the Rise of State Secrets
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Claim of Privilege: A Mysterious Plane Crash, a Landmark Supreme Court Case, and the Rise of State Secrets

By Barry Siegel

New York: Harper. Hardcover. 2008. First Edition (stated) / full number line. As New book in an As New jacket. Remainder mark. Not from a library. Not clipped. xii + 384 pages. In 1948, three civilian engineers were killed in an Air Force plane crash while testing secret navigational equipment. The widows filed suit, but the Air Force, at the dawn of the Cold War, refused to hand over accident reports and witness statements, claiming the documents contained classified information that would threaten national security. In 1953 the Supreme Court sided with the Air Force in United States v. Reynolds, formally recognizing the "state secrets" privilege, a legal precedent since used to conceal conduct, withhold documents, block troublesome litigation, and, most recently, detain terror suspects without due process. A half century later, the government revealed the "top-secret" information--there were no national security secrets, but rather a shocking chronicle of negligence. This book tells the story of this shameful incident, and the dangerous consequences of this historic cover-up: the violation of civil liberties and the abuse of constitutional protections. Pt. 1. CHALLENGES (June 1946 - June 1949): Banshee days -- B-29 bombers -- Delays and progress -- Final exam -- The flight -- Aftermath -- Response -- Folsom's letter -- Special investigation -- Pt. II. COURTROOMS (Dec 1948 - Dec 1953): Thoughts of redress -- Charles Biddle -- The complaint -- Judge Kirkpatrick -- A claim of privilege -- The hearing -- Full value -- Judge Maris -- The Vinson Court -- A nice opinion -- Pt. III. CONSEQUENCES (July 1953 - Oct 2002): Judy -- The progeny of "Reynolds" -- What to search for -- How to get started -- Waycross -- Pt. IV. REVELATIONS (July 2002 - Sep 2007): On the side of right -- Routes of relief -- A creative try -- Other types of comfort -- The Albert Maris courtroom -- The finality of judgment -- Just one more mission.

$8.95

The Right To Privacy
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The Right To Privacy

By Ellen Aldermann; Caroline Kennedy

New York: Vintage. Trade Paperback. 1997. Very Good. Gift inscription on half-title page. Text unmarked. Spine straight, tight, and uncreased. 413 pages. A pithy and practical casebook on our shrinking right to privacy. The Fourth Amendment, protecting against unreasonable seizures, does not necessarily prevent an arrested person from being strip-searched, and the authors consider a welter of legal and ethical dilemmas involving the clashing interests of people who wish to be left alone and employers, police and the press, whose jobs may make them intrusive. The use of metal detectors and drug tests in schools and workplaces, women's right to abortion and contraception, people suing to squelch reporting by the media, patients' right to refuse further medical treatment or to undergo assisted suicide, and claims against voyeurs are among the issues and conflicts discussed. Also examined are new privacy conflicts arising in the workplace as employers, facing rising health insurance costs and increased liability for employees' actions, demand, and often obtain, more information about their workers.

$6.95

How to Use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
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How to Use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

By L. G Sherick

New York: Arco. Paperback. 1978. Near Fine: Light foxing to edges and inside covers. Interior unmarked. Spine straight, tight, and uncreased. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. No tears, no folds, no creases. 138 pages. A great read for any political junkie. An insightful breakdown FOIA and how the average person c an use it to their advantage. .

$15.95

The Higher Law Background of American Constitutional Law
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The Higher Law Background of American Constitutional Law

By Edward S. Corwin

Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press. Trade Paperback. 1955. Eleventh printing, 1979. Good+. Underlining on several pages. Spine straight, tight, and uncreased. Rubbing to covers. Not from a library. No remainder mark. xiv+89 pages. This book connects the Western European experience--from the classical world, the Middle Ages, and the seventeenth-century thought of Coke and Locke--to the American founding. This renowned work provides a bold outline of the tradition behind the 'higher law' of the United States and places in historical context the political philosophy underlying the US Declaration of Independence and Constitution. It addresses questions such as: where did the idea of a 'higher law' originate? how has it been able to survive and in what transformations? what special forms of it are of particular interest for historians and political theorists? and; how was it brought to America and wrought into the American system of government? The men we meet in the pages of this essay--Demosthenes, Sophocles, Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, Ulpian, Gaius, John of Salisbury, Isidore of Seville, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bracton, Fortescue, Coke, Grotius, Newton, Hooker, Pufendorf, Locke, Blackstone--all insisted that the laws by which men live can and should be the embodiment of essential and unchanging justice, and we may salute them respectfully as founding fathers of our experiment in ordered liberty.

$7.95

Bush\'s Law: The Remaking of American Justice
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Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice

By Eric Lichtblau

New York: Pantheon. Hardcover. 2008. First Edition (stated) / full number line. New. Not a remainder. Not damaged. xvii+349 pages. Contents: This thing called the constitution -- Collater al damage -- Don't embarrass the bureau -- Threats, pronouncements, and the media wars -- Sworn to secrecy -- Blood on our hands -- High-level confirm ation -- Swift-boated (round two) -- A loyal Bushie.

$10.50

Watergate and the Constitution (The William R. Kenan, Jr., Inaugural Lectures)
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Watergate and the Constitution (The William R. Kenan, Jr., Inaugural Lectures)

By Philip B. Kurland

Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Hardcover. 1979. First Edition / full number line. Good+ book in a Very Good jacket. Spine straight and tight. Prior owner's name on FFEP. Light blue highlighting to a few pages. Jacket clipped. Rubbing and light edgewear to jacket. Spine faded. Not from a library. No remainder mark. x+261 pages. An examination of the constitutional issues raised by Watergate and the continuing dangers of unchecked presidential and judicial power at the expense of congressional a uthority.

$10.90

American Constitutional Law: Introductory Essays and Selected Cases
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American Constitutional Law: Introductory Essays and Selected Cases

By Alpheus Thomas Mason; William Merritt Beaney; Donald Grier Stephenson, Jr. .

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Hardcover. 1983. Seventh Edition, first printing. Good+ / No jacket as published. Light blue highlighting to several pages. Spine straight and tight. Covers clean and bright. Not from a library. xvi+684 page. 25 cm. This classic collection of carefully selected and edited Supreme Court case excerpts and comprehensive background essays explores constitutional law and the role of the Supreme Court in its development and interpretation. Well-grounded in both theory and politics, it endeavors to heighten students' understanding of and inter est in these critical areas of our governmental system.

$9.95

Congress at War: The Politics of Conflict Since 1789
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Congress at War: The Politics of Conflict Since 1789

By Charles A. Stevenson

Washington, DC: National Defense University Press and Potomac Books, August 2007. First Edition / full number line. Trade Paperback. New. Not a remainder. Not damaged. 101 pages. Congress at War reviews the historical record of the U.S. Congress in authorizing, funding, overseeing, and terminating major military operations. Refuting arguments that Congress cannot and should not set limits or conditions on the use of U.S. armed forces, this book catalogs the many times when previous Congresses have enacted restrictionsoften with the acceptance and compliance of wartime presidents. While Congress has formally declared war only five times in U.S. history, it has authorized the use of force fifteen other times. In recent decades, however, lawmakers have weakened their Constitutional claims by failing on several occasions to enact measures either supporting or opposing military operations ordered by the president. Concise, dramatically written, and illustrated with several summary tables, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in Americas warspast or present. Contents: 1. Introduction -- 2. Declaration of war -- 3. Raise and support armies/Make rules governing conduct -- 4. Strategy -- 5. Oversight -- 6. Termination.

$7.50

Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788
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Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

By Pauline Maier

New York: Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. 2010. First edition (stated) / first printing per number line. Near Fine book in a Near Fine jacket. Spine ends bumped. Edgewear to jacket. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. xv+589 pages. The dramatic story of the debate over the ratification of the Constitution. Contents: The morning after -- "Take this or nothing" -- A war of printed words : the national debate begins -- The Pennsylvania ratifying convention-- with Delaware, New Jersey, and Georgia -- "We the people" of Connecticut and Massachusetts -- The Massachusetts Convention I : the "conversation" begins -- The Massachusetts Convention II : "--with cordiality" -- A rough road to Richmond : New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maryland, and South Carolina -- The Virginia Convention I : a battle of giants -- The Virginia Convention II : under the eyes of heaven -- On to Poughkeepsie -- The New York Convention I : a failure of oratory -- The New York Convention II : in or out? -- Some final twists : the North Carolina Convention, a meeting in Pennsylvania, and the ratification story draws to an end. .

$18.95

The Supreme Court in American History
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The Supreme Court in American History

By Marjorie Fribourg

New York: Avon Camelot. Mass Market Paperback. February 1969. First Camelot Printing (stated). Good. Text unmarked. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 223 pages.

$9.95

The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court
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The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court

By Bob Woodward; Scott Armstrong

New York: Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. December 10, 1979. Third printing. Good book in a Fair jacket. Text unmarked. Jacket clipped with heavy wear. Nice reading copy. Not from a library. No remainder mark. 467 pages.

$5.95

A People\'s History of the Supreme Court: The Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions Have Shaped Our Constitution
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A People's History of the Supreme Court: The Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions Have Shaped Our Constitution

By Peter Irons; Howard Zinn (foreword)

New York: Penguin: August 2000. First Edition / First Penguin printing / full number line. Very Good+. Interior unmarked. Spine straight and tight with a light crease. Remainder mark. Not from a library. Not clipped. xviii + 542 pages. Beginning with the debates over judicial power in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to controversial rulings on slavery, racial segregation, free speech, school prayer, abortion, and gay rights, constitutional scholar Peter Irons offers a penetrating look at the highest court in the land. Here are revealing sketches of every justice from John Jay to Stephen Breyer, as well as portraits of such legal giants as John Marshall, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Earl Warren, and Thurgood Marshall. Astute, provocative, and extremely accessible, A People's History of the Supreme Court illuminates and pays tribute to a system of justice that both reflects and parallels our country's remarkable legal history.

$9.95

Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court
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Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court

By Edward Lazarus

New York: Penguin. Trade Paperback. May 1999. Near Fine. Interior unmarked, but lightly tanned. Spine tight and uncreased. Cover clean and bright. Dust stains to edges. Remainder mark. Not from a library. Not clipped. xvi + 576 pages.

$9.80

The American Supreme Court (The Chicago History of American Civilization, 13)
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The American Supreme Court (The Chicago History of American Civilization, 13)

By Robert G. McCloskey

Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Paperback. 1960. First Edition, 15th Printing. Near Fine. Text unmarked. Spine straight, tight, and uncreased, but faded. Light crease at front hinge. Dust stains to top edge. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. xii + 260 pages.

$9.95

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
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The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

By Jeffrey Toobin

New York: Doubleday. Hardcover. 2007. First Edition (stated) / full number line. Fine book in a Fine jacket. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. viii + 369 pages.

$12.70

Judge Dave and the Rainbow People
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Judge Dave and the Rainbow People

By David B. Sentelle

Washington, D.C.: Green Bag Press. Trade Paperback. 2002. First Edition (stated). Good+: Dog-ear and highlighting at p156-157, otherwise Fine. Spine straight, tight, and uncreased. Covers clean and bright. No tears. Not from a library. Not remainder mark. Not clipped. xxvi + 270 pages. It's not every day that you read a book containing the full text of a consent agreement between parties to a health statute dispute and still find it very enjoyable. It's just as uncommon for a federal judge to write a book about the time he oversaw the peaceful assembly of thousands of hippies in the woods. But that's what Judge Dave and the Rainbow People is about. A delightful read with great insight about wise application of the law.

$24.40

Act of Congress: How America\'s Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn\'t
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Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't

By Robert G. Kaiser

New York: Vintage. Trade Paperback. 2014. As New. Pristine inside and out. Not from a library. No remainder mark. An eye-opening account of how Congress today really works and how it doesn't. Act of Congress focuses on two of the major players behind the sweeping financial reform bill enacted in response to the Great Crash of 2008: colorful, wisecracking congressman Barney Frank, and careful, insightful senator Christopher Dodd, both of whom met regularly with Robert G. Kaiser during the eighteen months they worked on the bill. In this compelling narrative, Kaiser shows how staffers play a critical role, drafting the legislation and often making the crucial deals. Kaisers rare insider access enabled him to illuminate the often-hidden intricacies of legislative enterprise and shows us the workings of Congress in all of its complexity, a clearer picture than any we have had of how Congress works bestor sometimes doesn't work at all.

$12.95

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