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Columbia Encyclopedia - Thomson Gale Staff (Editor)
ISBN: 0787650153
Publication Date: 2000
Provides authoritative factual information about our world in its many guises - physical, historical, geographical, political, scientific, religious, and cultural.

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American Law Yearbook - Gale (Editor)
Call Number: KF 154 W472
ISBN: 1410316858
These annual supplements to West's Encyclopedia of American Law update and expand the content with dozens of new topics.

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Supreme Decisions : Great Constitutional Cases and Their Impact - Melvin I. Urofsky
Publication Date: 2012
Covers twenty-three Supreme Court cases that have shaped American constitutional law. Interpretive chapters shed light on the nuances of each case, the individuals involved, and the social, political, and cultural context at that particular moment in history.

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West's Atlantic Reporter - 3d series
Call Number: KF 135 A7 A821
This set is a regional case law reporter series in West's® National Reporter System. This product covers opinions and decisions the state courts of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Cases published in this product series are enhanced with headnotes, Key Numbers and synopses prepared by West's internal staff of trained attorney editors.

Topics in Legal Studies

  • Appeal: Topic Page
    In law, hearing by a superior court to consider correcting or reversing the judgment of an inferior court, because of errors allegedly committed by the inferior court. MORE
  • Arbitration: Topic Page
    Submission of a dispute to a third, unbiased party for settlement. It may be personal litigation (legal action), a trade-union issue, or an international dispute. MORE
  • Arrest: Topic Page
    In law, seizure and detention of a person, either to bring him before a court body or official, or to otherwise secure the administration of the law. A person may be arrested for an alleged violation of civil or criminal law. MORE
  • Capital Punishment: Topic Page
    Capital punishment was widely applied in ancient times; it can be found (c.1750 B.C.) in the Code of Hammurabi. MORE
  • Class action: Topic Page
    In law, a device that permits one or more persons to sue or be sued as representative of a large group of people interested in the matter at issue. MORE
  • Confession: Topic Page
    In law, the formal admission of criminal guilt, usually obtained in the course of examination by the police or prosecutor or at trial. MORE
  • Contempt: Topic Page
    In law, interference with the functioning of a legislature or court. In its narrow and more usual sense, contempt refers to the despising of the authority, justice, or dignity of a court. MORE
  • Contract: Topic Page
    In law, a promise, enforceable by law, to perform or to refrain from performing some specified act. In a general sense, all civil obligations fall under tort or contract law. MORE
  • Corporal Punishment: Topic Page
    Physical chastisement of an offender.
  • Deportation: Topic Page
    Expulsion from a country of an alien who is living there illegally, or whose presence is considered contrary to the public good. MORE
  • Evidence: Topic Page
    In law, material submitted to a judge or a judicial body to resolve disputed questions of fact. The rules discussed in this article were developed in England for use in jury trials. MORE
  • Extradition: Topic Page
    Delivery of a person, suspected or convicted of a crime, by the state where he has taken refuge to the state that asserts jurisdiction over him. Its purpose is to prevent criminals who flee a country from escaping punishment. MORE
  • Fingerprint: Topic Page
    An impression of the underside of the end of a finger or thumb, used for identification because the arrangement of ridges in any fingerprint is thought to be unique and permanent with each person. MORE
  • Habeas corpus: Topic Page
    Writ directed by a judge to some person who is detaining another, commanding him to bring the body of the person in his custody at a specified time to a specified place for a specified purpose. MORE
  • Impeachment: Topic Page
    Formal accusation issued by a legislature against a public official charged with crime or other serious misconduct. In a looser sense the term is sometimes applied also to the trial by the legislature that may follow. MORE
  • Lobbying: Topic Page
    Practice and profession of influencing governmental decisions, carried out by agents who present the concerns of special interests to legislators and administrators. MORE
  • Mediation: Topic Page
    In law, type of intervention in which the disputing parties accept the offer of a third party to recommend a solution for their controversy. MORE
  • Neutrality: Topic Page
    In international law, status of a nation that refrains from participation in a war between other states and maintains an impartial attitude toward the belligerents. MORE
  • Oath: Topic Page
    Vocal affirmation of the truth of one's statements, generally made by appealing to a deity. From the earliest days of human history, calling upon the gods of a community to witness the truth of a statement or the solemnity of a promise has been commonly practiced. MORE
  • Parole: Topic Page
    A process that allows a prisoner to be released from prison to experience increased freedom, while remaining under limited supervision.
  • Reparations: Topic Page
    Payments or other compensation offered as an indemnity for loss or damage. Although the term is used to cover payments made to ...
  • Sanctions: Topic Page
    In law and ethics, any inducement to individuals or groups to follow or refrain from following a particular course of conduct.
  • Writ: Topic Page
    In law, written order issued in the name of the sovereign or the state in connection with a judicial or an administrative proceeding. MORE

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