The Greatest Criminal Cases: Changing the Course of American Law, 1st Edition

  • J. Michael Martinez
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  • ISBN-10: 1440828695
  • ISBN-13: 9781440828690
  • DDC: 345.73
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Many constitutional protections that Americans take for granted today-the right to exclude illegally obtained evidence, the right to government-financed counsel, and the right to remain silent, among others-were not part of the original Bill of Rights, but were the result of criminal trials and judicial interpretations. The untold stories behind these cases reveal circumstances far more interesting than any legal dossier can evoke. Author J. Michael Martinez provides a brief introduction to the drama and intrigue behind 14 leading court cases in American lawThis engaging text presents a short summary of high-profile legal proceedings from the late 19th century through recent times and includes key landmark cases in which the court established the parameters of probable cause for searches, the features of due process, and the legality of electronic surveillance. The work offers concise explanations and analysis of the facts as well as the lasting significance of the cases to criminal procedure.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Introduction and Acknowledgments.
1: Hurtado v. California (1884) and 19th-Century Criminal Procedure.
2: Weeks v. United States (1914) and the Origins of the Exclusionary Rule.
3: Olmstead v. United States (1928) and Wiretapping the “Baby Lieutenant”.
4: Powell v. Alabama (1932) and the Scottsboro Boys.
5: Brown v. Mississippi (1936) and Fundamental Fairness.
6: Mapp v. Ohio (1961) and the Exclusionary Rule Redux.
7: Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) and the Right to Counsel.
8: Miranda v. Arizona (1966) and the Right to Remain Silent.
9: Katz v. United States (1967) and the Right to Privacy.
10: Terry v. Ohio (1968) and the Stop-and-Frisk Search.
11: Chimel v. California (1969) and Searches Incident to Arrest.
12: United States v. Leon (1984) and a Good Faith Exception to the Exclusionary Rule.
13: California v. Hodari D. (1991) and Determining When a “Seizure” Occurs.
14: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006) and Trial by Jury.
About the Author.