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Title:
Teens on trial : young people who challenged the law-- and changed your life
Author:
Jacobs, Thomas A.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Pub., [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
197 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
Examines legal cases about privacy, visitation and divorce, search and seizure, dress code, drug testing, free speech in school newspapers and yearbooks, sexual harassment at work, transfer to adult court, and the death penalty.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781575420813
Format :
Book

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This fascinating book familiarizes readers with the legal system, dispels myths and mysteries, and shows the law is by and for the people, including teens. Jacobs explores cases about privacy, visitation and divorce, search and seizure, dress code, drug testing, free speech in school newspapers and yearbooks, sexual harassment at work, and more. B&W photos and illustrations.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-12. Citing 21 cases in which young people fought to change a situation they thought was unfair, Jacobs looks at legal decisions affecting teens today. Topics from birth control to school dress codes, search and seizure to drug testing, free speech in school newspapers to privacy issues are all addressed in this informative, enlightening book. The first part, which focuses on understanding the law, has sections about the Supreme Court, the U.S. Constitution, and conducting legal research. The rest is organized by specific issue, with each chapter containing facts about a particular case, court rulings, and some related cases. Suggested legal research activities and projects conclude. An excellent resource for students interested in individual rights and for group discussion. Listings of cases noted in text, a glossary, and a bibliography are appended. --Karen Hutt


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Jacobs looks at court decisions concerning issues such as sexual harassment at school and/or work, the legality of dress codes, drug testing for athletes, freedom of expression at school, censoring the school newspaper, school prayer, and the use of the death penalty for teens. He begins by giving readers basic facts to understand these issues better, including information about how the Supreme Court works, facts about the United States Constitution, and how to do legal research. The body of the book consists of 21 issues or legal cases involving young people, each of which begins with a presentation of the facts in the case much as they would be heard by the judge and/or the jury. A set of thought-provoking questions then prompts readers to be the judge. The outcome follows unless the disposition of the case is unresolved. The author then cites several related cases and provides topics for discussion and other activities. A common component in these cases, according to Jacobs, is that the person involved has not only questioned the fairness of the law, but has also had the courage to take his concerns into the courtroom. Legalese has been kept to a minimum. A solid and useful addition.-Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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