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The Supreme Court and individual rights
Savage, David G., 1950-
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
vii, 399 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Earlier editions by Elder Witt and Joan Biskupic.
The Court and the individual. A narrow base, 1789-1865 ; The Civil War Amendments ; Political rights ; Equality before the law ; Fundamental fairness -- Freedom for ideas: the first amendment and the right to believe, to speak, to assemble, to petition, and to publish. Freedom of speech ; Freedom of the press ; Freedom of religion -- The rights of political participation. Fair elections and the right to vote ; The right to an equal vote ; Freedom of political association -- Crime and punishment. A fair trial ; Search and seizure ; Self-incrimination ; The aid of legal counsel ; Double jeopardy ; Cruel and unusual punishment -- Equal rights and personal liberties. Racial equality ; Equal protection, the alien and the poor ; Sex discrimination ; Liberty and privacy -- Reference materials. Glossary of legal terms ; Sources of Supreme Court decisions ; How to read a court citation ; Supreme Court justices ; Constitution of the United States ; Selected bibliography.
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This updated edition examines the impact of Supreme Court decisions on the rights and freedoms of the individual through the 2002-2003 term. Focusing primarily on the revolution in constitutional law over the last century, the book provides full coverage of the freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights, the right to vote and to engage in political participation, the individual's right to due process under the law, and modern equality Issues such as affirmative action and rights allowed illegal Immigrants to the United States. The Supreme Court and Individual Rights begins with an overview of individual rights and covers four main topics: Freedom for Ideas, Rights of Political Participation, Due Process and Criminal Rights, and Equal Rights and Personal Liberties. Appendixes include a glossary of legal terms, an explanation of how to read a legal citation, and biographies of the justices.

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Library Journal Review

In this update to the 2004 edition, Savage (reporter, Los Angeles Times) explores the personal impact of Supreme Court decisions made through 2008. He divides his content into six thematic chapters that explore our guaranteed rights, like Freedom of Speech, along with restricted facets, such as flag burning. With each topic, historic cases involving individuals' rights are carefully explained. Half-page sidebars further clarify complex issues, such as the Court's history regarding cases involving slavery's legality and state sedition laws. While filled with case examples, the book is concept focused, using cases chiefly for illustration. Thus, specific cases sometimes cannot be located without the index. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.