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161. Secured Credit: A Systems Approach
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162. Beat Your Ticket: Go to Court
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163. Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Jury:
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164. Law and Revolution
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165. Unjust Enrichment : A Study of
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166. Behavioral Law and Economics (Cambridge
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161. Secured Credit: A Systems Approach (Casebook Series)
by Lynn M. Lopucki, Elizabeth Warren
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162. Beat Your Ticket: Go to Court & Win (Beat Your Ticket)
by David Wayne Brown
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We've all received one --a traffic ticket that seems completely unfair, the result of an officer's evening quota rather than a serious moving violation. But do you have to pay the penalty and watch your driving record crash and burn?

Not if you choose to fight back with Beat Your Ticket.

Beat Your Ticket simply and clearly lays out the best strategies for beating tickets in court. The book explains in plain English how to:

*use the law to fight an unwarranted ticket
*find out what the police officer plans to say at your trial
*attack radar and other detection methods
*pick a jury
*present your case
*cross-examine the ticketing officer

The 3rd edition is completely updated and revised to reflect each state's traffic laws. It also provides a new chapter on drunk driving, and an updated discussion of researching law on the Internet. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Advice for Newbies and Veteran Freedom Fighters Alike!
Lets face it. Its NOT about safety. Traffic citations - especially seatbelt citations - are about money. And power. And stripping back the constitution. If it were about safety, they wouldn't put so much focus on citations so much, they would straighten dangerous curves, force property owners to cut back brush that causes blind intersections, install traffic control devices where needed and work harder to get the most dangerous class of drivers - those who drive while intoxicated - off the roads and into jails.

Instead, they choose to focus on the issuance of traffic citations. Enforcement campaigns like Click it or Ticket are designed to issue as many citations as possible, often with little regard to the law and motorists' rights. When you are tired of making donations to the government and enriching insurance companies, grab a copy of Beat Your Ticket: Go To Court & Win.

Sure, there are many other books on this topic. This one is different. If you have read the others, you know they are written with the attitude that the system cares about innocence and guilt, right and wrong, fair and unfair. All you have to do is tell a good story (true or not) and you'll get off. It doesn't work that way. The system only cares about finding you guilty and getting your money. Other titles skip over very important legal terminology and civil procedure. This one doesn't.

This is the only book I have read on the topic that explains what a motion is, how to prepare and file one and when one should be filed. It is also the only title to discuss in any meaningful way the discovery process and how a Defendant can use it to his/her advantage. It discusses when and how to object, how to behave in court and a good primer on how to prepare for your case.

As someone who has spent an enormous amount of time in traffic court, this book is the best I've ever read on the topic. In 2003, I took seven traffic citations to court. I won six of them. While I learned most of the information contained in this title through a process of trial and error, it gave me some new ideas and did teach an old dog more than one new trick.

I would recommend it for anyone who is thinking of taking their ticket to court and intends to (or has to) win the case.

3-0 out of 5 stars Beat Your Ticket
The information was good for the most part, however, some information is outdated.... for example, the book states that only 3 states consider laser an "unqualified legal seal" for determining speed. This information is outdated according to the Judge in Oregon Court today!!!

None of the ploys indicated in the book helped me at all in court and I was calm, prepared and articulate. I observed others in court yesterday and today to have had more of a reduction in fines, than I did,when they did not testify at all in their own defense!

The decrease in fine I received today hardly covered the cost of the book, never mind the hours of reading, researching the law library and observing trial proceedure.

I think it would be wise for Attny Brown to update the book in the near future!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Useful for lawyers & nonlawyers
The author's description of defenses to speeding tickets is very clear and detailed. He describes the classes of speeding laws and the procedures for dealing with each class. Both lawyers and nonlawyers will find it very useful. ... Read more

163. Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Jury: Greatest Closing Arguments In Modern Law
by Michael S. Lief, Ben Bycel, H. Mitchell Caldwell
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Catlog: Book (2000-05-15)
Publisher: Scribner
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Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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Until now, only the twelve jurors who sat in judgment were able to appreciate these virtuoso performances, where weeks of testimony were boiled down and presented with flair, wit, and high drama. For five years the authors researched every archive from those of the L.A. Times to the dusty stacks of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and readers can now lose themselves in the summations of America's finest litigators.

Clarence Darrow saves Leopold and Loeb from the gallows in the Roaring Twenties. Gerry Spence takes on the nuclear power industry for the death of Karen Silkwood in a modern-day David and Goliath struggle. Vincent Bugliosi squares off against the madness of Charles Manson and his murderous "family" in the aftermath of their bloody spree. Clara Foltz, the first woman to practice law in California, argues passionately to an all-male jury, defending her place in the courtroom. Bobby DeLaughter brings the killer of civil-rights leader Medgar Evers to justice after thirty years and two mistrials. Aubrey Daniel brings Lt. William Calley, Jr., to justice for the My Lai massacre. William Kunstler challenges the establishment after the '68 Chicago riots in his defense of yippie leaders known as the Chicago Seven.

Each closing argument is put into context by the authors, who provide historical background, a brief biography of each attorney, and commentary, pointing out the trial tactics used to great effect by the lawyers, all in language that is jargon-free for the benefit of the lay reader. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding
Ladies and Gentlemen... kills two birds with one stone by providing an eduactional and intruiging experience. You will hit your curiousity spot by learning what the landmark trials of the United States were all about, and you will also get locked into some of the most persuasive literature I have ever seen.

While those who are interested in the legal field are virtually guaranteed to be interested in reading Ladies and Gentlemen..., you don't need to be anything close to a lawyer to appreciate this. This anthology of closing arguments teaches the reader how to connect/communicate with others. After reading a series of closing arguments, I learned different strategies to use to relate to a group of people to get my point across (in this case, a jury). This book is great to any businessman, negotiator, or even those who want to improve their basic social, everyday, oral skills.

I just bought this book for ten of my friends for the past holiday season, and I got star reports from all of them. I recommend this innovative book to all types of readers.

--Emanuel Abrishami

3-0 out of 5 stars CONFRONTING!!!!
A closing argument is the lawyer's final opportunity to give perspective and context to the evidences introduced throughout the trial. It is the last chance for the lawyer to convince forcefully his or her position to the jury.

The book LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE JURY is an outstanding collection of ten of the most powerful, thought-provoking courtroom closing arguments in the last one hundred years- including the Nuremberg trial (a personal favourite) and Clara Foltz's closing argument as California court's first woman trial representative. Containing masterful speeches from some of the legal profession's finest prosecutors, this book is an ideal reference for anyone interested with the law.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but also see Common Sense Rules of Advocacy
Some good lessons in Lief's book, but learn how YOU can be a more effective courtroom advocate with "Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers" by Keith Evans, which is also a wonderful book for 3Ls and new lawyers who want to learn how to be effective advocates. However, Common Sense Rules of Advocacy is NOT a book for litigators, but for advocates.

What others have said about Evans book:

"Valuable review for the old timers and an excellent primer for those who are starting the climb."
-- Jacob A. Stein, Stein, Mitchell & Mezines, Washington, DC

"Superb how-to book ...that is refreshingly readable."
-- Karl Tegland, author, "Courtroom Handbook on Washington Evidence"

"A wonderful 'Bible' for the trial lawyer who wants to win. If only we had had this in law school!"
-- Browne Greene, Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler, Santa Monica, CA

"Even the most experienced trial lawyer can pick up some new techniques here."
-- Frederick C. Moss, Professor, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University

"Valuable insights and practical lessons for anyone who advocates for a living."
-- Steve Clymer, J.D., mediator, arbitrator, and facilitator with ACCORD Dispute Resolution Services, Inc.

"Remarkable compendium of useful advice."
-- Roxanne Barton Conlin, Roxanne Conlin & Associates, Des Moines, IA (first woman President of Association of Trial Lawyers of America)

"Great introduction for the new lawyer and a wonderful learning tool for the advocate with experience."
-- Sherman L. Cohn, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (first national President of American Inns of Court)

"Terrific guidebook."
-- Philip H. Corboy, Corboy & Demetrio, Chicago, IL

You can see more testimonials and more information about Evans' book on it's web site, or search Amazon for ISBN 1587330059.

3-0 out of 5 stars Confronting
A closing argument is the lawyer's final opportunity to give perspective and context to the evidences introduced throughout the trial. It is the last chance for the lawyer to convince forcefully his or her position to the jury.

The book LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE JURY is an outstanding collection of ten of the most powerful, thought-provoking courtroom closing arguments in the last one hundred years- including the Nuremberg trial and Clara Foltz's closing argument as California court's first woman trial representative. Containing masterful speeches from some of the legal profession's finest prosecutors, this book is an ideal reference for anyone interested with the law.

3-0 out of 5 stars Legal History
Describing or reading a speech is like describing color. I guess you can do it, but nothing is the same as being there and listening and experience a great speech. There is a poetry to the delivery which is missing from a dry read. Yet, if you want to read some of the great closes from the past, this is a good place to start.

This books picks 10 closing arguements which the authors state are the greatest of history. Whenever you have such a book, of course, people will differ on which closes should be included. By necessity, for mass appeal, oftentimes "famous" speeches, which may not be so great will be included while less famous speeches, which were much better, will not be the cut. I thought the ones chosen, overall, were very good.

Personally I liked the ones I read. My favorite was Clarance Darrow's close in the Leopald and Loeb case. It was great because it was effective. Everyone in this case knew they were guilty and wanted them to die. How did Clarence Darrow change the judges mind? It was in his words and his delivery. This was an effective speech.

There are others here which I also found very good. We hear the closing speech from the Nuremberg trials (which I would not have included because I think the win was almost preordained), the close in the Karen Silkwood civil case, the DeLorean defense close and six others. This is a good book and a good read. I would recommend it most to history fans, but I think some of the general public would also enjoy it. ... Read more

164. Law and Revolution
by Harold J. Berman
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Catlog: Book (1985-01-01)
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Introduction Filled with Non Sequitur
I have barely finished the introduction section. Found quite a few ill-supported claims, especially when the author attempted to define certain terms such as 'feudal' and denounced all the ideologies of the nineteenth century as ignoring 'the deep roots of modern Western institutions and values...'.

The introduction smacks of subjectiveness and crude generalization, apparently the result of an effort to establish foundations for argument in later chapters.

4-0 out of 5 stars Two books in one
At its core, the thesis of the book is this: that the origins of the western legal tradition can be traced to a "Papal Revolution" in the 11th and 12th centuries. The Papal Revolution, in essence, was an effort by scholars like Peter Abelard, Gratian, and Bracton, who applied an ancient Greek method of abstraction and analysis to the remnants of Roman law dating back to Justinian five or six centuries earlier. The Greek philosophers never gave much regard to the laws of their city-states, and the Romans wilfully avoided applying any level of abstraction to their laws, so when the 11th and 12th century scholars applied the Greek analytical method to the Roman law, something truly unique was born.

But that's only the beginning. Berman goes to great lengths to show that the "Papal Revolution", though it may not have taken place as abruptly as the other later revolutions in the western world, was no less an epochal event. The first half of the book traces how the canon law and papal power first separated itself from the secular law of the territorial kingdoms, and then asserted its own kind of jurisdiction. Although the level of detail sometimes distracts from Berman's main point, the organization of the chapters in Part I are careful to build up the story of how the need to gloss the old Roman texts led to a "science of law" in itself, and then to competing jurisdictions between emperor and pope, and how the development of the law led to the resolution of these conflicts. Part I ends with a short chapter on the personal conflict between King Henry II of England and Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, which Berman proposes is the personification of the competing interests of the papacy and the secular authority.

Part II takes a different organizational approach in describing how the secular law developed at the same time. Rather than a chronological buildup, part II is a subject-matter survey of the different clusters of secular authority, and the body of law that bound them together. (For example, urban law of certain cities that got franchised to other towns and cities, mercantile law that was largely self-governed by the merchants, royal law that up until then had not developed in itself.)

Law students and lawyers will recognize some of the terminology that gets introduced as a part of the discussion, and it can provide some greater perspective on where and why these western legal concepts came from. But also, as emphasized in the introduction and conclusion, Berman proposes that the western tradition he describes is in a state of crisis. This book was published in 1984, at a time before Marxism's decline as living academic thought. In this light, the worries that legal history might be wrongfully described in only economic terms, or in terms of other historical "forces", may not be as pronounced. However, another concern -- that the western legal tradition is losing its structural integrity, or that the law is less and less founded upon a coherent foundation of reason -- still has relevance today. In that sense, the book is worth reading both for historical and for present-day purposes.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for any legal historian....
Berman's evidence and comprehensive detail is irrefutable. Heavy reading and may require exploration of other references. Even though he is not Catholic, he almost persuaded me to become one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Layman's View
As an average US citizen without any legal training or education, I've always found the subject of law a bit overwhelming and intimidating to grasp. It is so primary in our "nation of laws" that law permeates almost every aspect of our lives. How does one even begin to get a handle on it? I asked a law professor if he had any recommendations, and he recommended "Law and Revolution", by Harold Berman. This book finally lifted the veil for me, on what law is in our society, and how it got that way. It portrays a huge panorama of the evolution of law from primitive trials by fire, to trials by church and by competing states, to our modern systems. I learned, for example, that one of the first and enduring reasons for criminal law is to prevent persons from retaliating in person against criminals. Back a thousand years ago, it was common for families to take revenge into their own hands, and the civil systems tried many ways to control this "need" to avenge, and modern criminal law grew out of those efforts. Another interesting learning was that the early church spent enormous efforts learning how to intellectually "reconcile" conflicting church dogmas, devising such techniques as "thesis, "anti-thesis" and "synthesis". Then, later, these highly refined intellectual skills were turned to the extremely complicated and confusing arena of law, and helped to gradually sort out and codify successful ways of acting civilized as a society. Ok, you get the idea. Just a few tidbits from this vast book. A wonderful reference for the average citizen who wants to understand the role of law in our lives. It stands as one of the top ten books I've ever read! Roger Matthews

5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book.
"Law and Revolution" is a tour de force and a lasting contribution to legal scholarship. Scholars fortunate enough to be familiar with Berman's earlier book, "The Nature and Functions of Law," will immediately recognize Berman's approach to law as a social institution; an approach that is firmly grounded in history and experience, but which also takes into consideration the realm of ideas. Berman's thesis is that the Western legal tradition was created by a series of social "revolutions," and that we are currently at the end of an era and experiencing a "revolution" that will transform our legal institutions. "Law and Revolution" is Berman's attempt to trace the development of our Western legal tradition in order to glean knowledge that will be useful to us in weathering the storm of the current "revolution" in our legal institutions. As Berman states, "So I have had to view the Western tradition of law and legality, of order and justice, in a very long historical perspective, from its beginnings, in order to find a way out of our present predicament." The result of Berman's approach is a long book-Berman simply could not achieve his purpose in a brief essay. Berman writes well, however, and he manages always to fascinate the reader. Berman's depth of thought is as beautiful as it is rare. This is a book to read, to ponder, and to re-read. It deserves a broad audience both inside and outside legal academia. ... Read more

165. Unjust Enrichment : A Study of Private Law and Public Values (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)
by Hanoch Dagan
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Catlog: Book (1997-09-18)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book is a sophisticated comparative analysis of the doctrine of unjust enrichment in international, North American, and Jewish legal systems. Dagan offers an explanatory theory that reveals the normative underpinnings of the doctrine, facilitates the prediction of legal outcomes, and supplies the necessary tools for evaluating existing legal rules. The theory of unjust enrichment is seen to be implicated in the prevailing background ethos of the societies he studies, and deeply influenced by their conceptions of self and community. ... Read more

166. Behavioral Law and Economics (Cambridge Series on Judgment and Decision Making)
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Catlog: Book (2000-03-28)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This exciting volume marks the birth of a new field--a field that studies law with reference to an accurate, rather than a crude, understanding of human behavior. Behavioral Law and Economics presents new findings in cognitive psychology and behavioral economics, which show that people are frequently both unselfish and over-optimistic; that people have limited willpower and limited self-control; and that people are "boundedly" rational, in the sense that they have limited information-processing powers, and frequently rely on mental short-cuts and rules of thumb. Understanding thiskind of human behavior has large-scale implications for the analysis of law, in areas including environmental protection, taxation and tax compliance, constitutional law, voting behavior, punitive damages for civil rights violations, labor negotiations and strikes, and corporate finance. Behavioral Law and Economics offers many new insights into these fields and suggestions for legal reform. With a better knowledge of human behavior, it is possible to predict the actual effects of law, to see how law might actually promote society's goals, and to reassess the questions of what law should be doing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Behavioral Economics Comes of Age
There are several prominent legal scholars who work in the interface of social theory and law, but Cass Sunstein is, to my mind, one of the very few really innovative thinkers with full control of social theory. This edited collection shows that the approach he has been working on for the past several years, has finally come of age.

The first synthesis of law and economics took place several decades ago, based on the seminal work of Nobel prize winning Chicago economist Ronald Coase. The synthesis was based on the so-called "rational actor model" (often called homo Economicus) that can be derived from certain axiomatic, mathematics-like principles, based on the notion of self-interest and utility maximization. This was a major breakthrough in social theory and policy.

But the "rational actor model" has been shown to be systematically violated by real human beings, and behavioral economics arose to ammend the "rational actor model" to fit the reality. It's not that people are irrational, but rather the concept of rationality used in the traditional theory is seriously wanting. If you're interested in this larger backdrop to the present book, there is a marvelous new book on the subject edited by its creators, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, called "Choices, Values, and Frames."

The introductory chapters of Behavioral Law and Economics are refreshingly clear and free of jargon. These are followed by some of the most important articles that have been written on the topic over the past several years.

Behavioral law and economics is not just some academic field. It is absolutely, front and center, critical to political philosophy and the policy sciences in general. This book is for both expert and layperson alike---a real tour de force. ... Read more

167. The United Nations & Transnational Organized Crime (Transnational Organized Crime)
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Catlog: Book (1996-05-01)
Publisher: Frank Cass Publishers
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168. How to Fight Your Traffic Ticket and Win!: 206 Tips Tricks and Techniques
by Mel Leiding
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Asin: 1891693115
Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: Avenir International Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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This book covers traffic tickets from A to Z.It begins with ways to avoid getting a ticket and ends with an excellent tip on how to ask the judge to make his guilty or not guilty decision in the privacy of his chambers away from the watchful eyes of waiting traffic officers and the other defendants in the courtroom.

Mr. Leiding has taken large blocks of important information and concentrated it into very concise and useful tips. Each one is easy to understand and remember. The tips on how to prepare for a traffic hearing are especially helpful. The appendix is very informative and gives a good overview of how and why to askthe officer certain types of questions. Thankfully this book does not contain complicated technical information that only works some of the time or in specific circumstances. Each tip is designed to be used by everyone in all different types of situations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you must have a day in court, make it a good one!
Reading this book and following the steps gave me a VICTORY on my day in court. This book, a great list of questions for the officer about my particular infraction (from the web), and the vehicle codes, were the only materials I used. I felt comfortable presenting my case and beating the wrap. It was awesome. The judge said he believed that I was indeed driving safely that day, "case dismissed". And I now *know* that I was truly not guilty. Using what I learned, I also assisted my mother in getting out of a Jaywalking ticket! I definitely recommend it for it's straightforwardness and simplicity and it's thoroughness.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's never been easier to understand the system
Upon finishing Attorney at Law Mel D. Leiding's useful guide of "206 Tips, Tricks & Techniques," much was put into perspective with regard to traffic cops, traffic citations, and the legal system. From proper attitude toward a ticketing officer to what should or should not be said at court, Leiding's guide is imperative for any motorist so they may be educated and informed. A practical guide which on the back cover states the book was written, "in non-legalese - plain English." This statement could not be more truthful. I checked other, similar guides and most had me confused with legal mumbo-jumbo. Easy to read and follow, I would recommend this traffic survival guide to any motorist who just received their license or to anyone who still has a sour taste in their mouth from the last ticket they received or the last trip they took to traffic court. Parents with 16 year-old "new" drivers, help your children learn how to become responsible on the road. This book helps the motorist prepare. You, the driver, are not helpless and simply in the grasp of law enforcement. Using techniques described by Mr. Leiding I recently was let go on a traffic stop with simply a warning. I have received numerous tickets in the past and tryed to talk my way out of each one of them, to no avail. It is not coincidence that I was only given a warning, thank you Mr. Leiding!

2-0 out of 5 stars Common sense 099
Great book of kids who have just learned to drive. Nuff said

2-0 out of 5 stars A SO-SO Book.
This book is not too bad. It is full of great tips and tactics. But alot of it is common sense. If you really want to beat a speeding ticket and want to learn all about the equipment the police use to nail you, I suggest you buy the book called The Educated Guide to Speeding Tickets by Richard Wallace. He is an ex cop and who knows more about radar, speeding tickets than a cop. He has written a great book. His book helped me beat 2 speeding tickets so far. You can buy it right here at Amazon.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
The author suggests a lot of common sense ideas on how to deal with police officers and with the court, such as being polite to the police officer no matter how rude or how evil thier tactics were to catch you. It also gives some really good suggestions on what to say and what not to say to the officer or in court. I can't say it works cuz since I bought the book, I've also bought a radar detector and that has saved me more than the book. Simplicity and the ideas written in this book are the basis of my rating. ... Read more

169. Beat the Heat : How to Handle Encounters with Law Enforcement
by Katya Komisaruk
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: AK Press
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Saying the right thing during an encounter with the police can mean the difference between going home and going to jail.Beat the Heat gives you a set of easy-to-remember legal tactics for protecting yourself and the people you care about.Written by a Harvard-trained criminal defense lawyer, this illustrated street law manual teaches you exactly:

  • what to say if you_re pulled over

  • how to read a search warrant

  • what you should know about undercover cops and informants

  • how to handle police questioning

  • what to tell the judge to get your bail reduced

  • how to get the best work out of your public defender or private attorney

  • Reading this book is like getting a one-on-one coaching session with your lawyer.It_s written in plain English and comes with sample documents (including warrants and subpoenas), so you can learn how to deal with them before trouble_s at your door.There are special sections for minors and non-U.S. citizens, as well as a chapter on suing the police.The best part is the numerous cartoon sequences, which demonstrate how cops manipulate people they_re questioning or searching_and what techniques you need to win this game. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good advice, worth following
    Well written and amusing guide to avoiding trouble with law enforcement with repeated emphasis on using the right to remain silent and insisting on a lawyer. If more people followed this advice, criminal defense attorneys would have much easier jobs.

    As noted in several places, the book does not substitute for the advice of an attorney, it is merely legal first aid to prevent fatal mistakes before the attorney arrives.

    I would disagree with the authors on some minor details, but not on the critical details. I would likely even more strongly warn against representing oneself (p.175) in any but the most minor cases. I would also note that co-counsel or advisory counsel to a defendant representing himself is often very limited and the defendant needs to understand those limits before waiving counsel.

    In sum, well worth reading. ... Read more

    170. Readings in Comparative Health Law and Bioethics (Carolina Academic Press Law Casebook Series)
    by Timothy S. Jost, Timothy Stoltzfus Jost
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    Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
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    This book presents balanced coverage of the four major areas of health law -- health care organization and finance; the obligations of health care professionals and institutions to patients; bioethics; and public health law. For each of these topics, it presents a carefully edited collection of cases, statutes, and readings. The book includes sources from English-speaking, common-law jurisdictions; continental Europe and Japan; and developing countries. Whenever possible, the readings are by authors from the countries whose laws are discussed. Also, most sources are truly comparative; that is, they analyze the laws of not just one, but of several jurisdictions.

    This is not just another book about comparative health policy; rather, it focuses uniquely on comparative health law -- how law, legal systems, and legal institutions influence health care recipients, professionals, institutions, and systems. ... Read more

    171. Rights and Law, Analysis and Theory
    by Andrew Halpin
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    Catlog: Book (1997-07-01)
    Publisher: Hart Publishing (UK)
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    172. The Democratic Constitution
    by Neal Devins, Louis Fisher
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    Asin: 0195171233
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Sales Rank: 288988
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    Constitutional law is clearly shaped by judicial actors. But who else contributes? Scholars in the past have recognized that the legislative branch plays a significant role in determining structural issues, such as separation of powers and federalism, but stopped there--claiming that only courts had the independence and expertise to safeguard individual and minority rights. In this readable and engaging narrative, the authors identify the nuts and bolts of the national dialogue and relate succinct examples of how elected officials and the general public often dominate the Supreme Court in defining the Constitution's meaning. Making use of case studies on race, privacy, federalism, war powers, speech, and religion, Devins and Fisher demonstrate how elected officials uphold individual rights in such areas as religious liberty and free speech as well as, and often better than, the courts. This fascinating debunking of judicial supremacy argues that nonjudicial contributions to constitutional interpretation make the Constitution more stable, more consistent with constitutional principles, and more protective of individual and minority rights. ... Read more

    173. Double Standards in Medical Research in Developing Countries (Cambridge Law, Medicine and Ethics)
    by Ruth Macklin
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    Asin: 0521833884
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-27)
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Sales Rank: 871106
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    This book examines the ethical controversies that have surrounded the design and conduct of international medical research sponsored by industrialized countries or industry, and carried out in developing countries. Is it acceptable to lower the ethical standards adopted in the industrialized world when carrying out research in developing, or resource-poor, countries? Ruth Macklin concludes that double standards in medical research are ethically unacceptable. ... Read more

    174. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Legal Issues (Taking Sides)
    by M. EthanKatsh, WilliamRose, M. Ethan Katsh, William Rose
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    Asin: 0072917156
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-16)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin
    Sales Rank: 90601
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    This updated eleventh edition of Taking Sides: Legal Issues is designed to introduce students to controversies in the law. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading legal scholars, judges, and legal commentators, reflect a variety of viewpoints and are staged as "pro" and "con" debates. Issues debated include the operation of legal institutions; law and social values; and law and crime. This title is supported by the student Web site, Dushkin online, at ... Read more

    175. A Lawyer's Life
    by Johnnie Cochran, David Fisher
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    Asin: 0312319673
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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    Johnnie Cochran had been famed as a folksy oratory in Los Angeles courtrooms since the 1960s, but the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial catapulted him to international fame--a status he gladly acknowledges in this bare-knuckles memoir of his years in court.

    Cochran doesn't spend much time revisiting the Simpson case (except to proclaim O.J. innocent). Cochran devotes most of his account to less-celebrated cases that address repeated themes--police negligence and outright perjury; the difficulties minorities face in securing impartial justice; the inherent unfairness of racial profiling. Cochran describes his methods, and explains the reason for his rhyming summations ("If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit"): "Juries enjoyed them, understood them, and, more importantly, remembered them."

    Readers may not be won over by Cochran, but his book will be widely enjoyed and remembered. --Gregory McNamee ... Read more

    176. Repair Your Own Credit and Deal With Debt (Repair Your Own Credit and Deal With Debt)
    by Brette McWhorter Sember
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    Asin: 1572481498
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
    Publisher: Sphinx Publishing Inc
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    177. Negotiable Instruments and Check Collection: The New Law in a Nutshell (Nutshell Series)
    by Richard W. Speidel, Steve H. Nickles
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    Asin: 0314022945
    Catlog: Book (1993-04-01)
    Publisher: West Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 513102
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Explains the fundamentals of negotiable instruments—promissory notes, drafts, checks, and certificates of deposit. Provides an overview of Article 3’s requisites of negotiability. Reviews contract liability, secondary liability conditions, and discharge liability. Covers instruments of property, including enforcement, transfer, and negotiation. Discusses warranty, restitution, claims, defenses to instruments, holder in due course, and check collection process. Examines the customer/payor bank relationship and risk allocation. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This nutshell got me through a rough payment systems class.
    This nutshell is a great synopsis of negotiable instrument law. It saved me from failing a payment systems class that I really didn't understand a week before the exam. ... Read more

    178. The Portable UCC, Fourth Edition
    by Corinne Cooper
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    Asin: 1590313097
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-25)
    Publisher: American Bar Association
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    A comprehensive index incorporates new terms from the revised articles so you cna quickly and accurately locate any section. ... Read more

    179. The Common Place of Law : Stories from Everyday Life (Chicago Series in Law and Society)
    by Patricia Ewick, Susan S. Silbey
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    Asin: 0226227448
    Catlog: Book (1998-07-06)
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    Sales Rank: 301236
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Why do some people not hesitate to call the police to quiet a barking dog in the middle of the night, while others accept the pain and losses associated with defective products, unsuccesful surgery, and discrimination? Patricia Ewick and Susan Silbey collected accounts of the law from more than four hundred people of diverse backgrounds in order to explore the different ways that people use and experience it. Their fascinating and original study identifies three common narratives of law that are captured in the stories people tell.

    One narrative is based on an idea of the law as magisterial and remote. Another views the law as a game with rules that can be manipulated to one's advantage. A third narrative describes the law as an arbitrary power that is actively resisted. Drawing on these extensive case studies, Ewick and Silbey present individual experiences interwoven with an analysis that charts a coherent and compelling theory of legality. A groundbreaking study of law and narrative, The Common Place of Law depicts the institution as it is lived: strange and familiar, imperfect and ordinary, and at the center of daily life.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent, meticulously researched book.
    The richness of this book comes from four hundred thirty interviews that support the text. The gist of the book is that people have three takes on the law: before the law, against the law, and with the law.

    "Before the law" is an attitude of awe and respect for the institution. Faith in that day in court, that statue of blind justice and the policeman is my friend. "Against the law" is an attitude of resistance to the institution. Law as a caprice of the powerful, and resistance the right way to deal with it. "With the law" is an attitude of game playing with the institution. I didn't make the rules, but me and my lawyer, we sure as hell will play the game. People shift and change among these modes depending on where they are in life, the particulars of the situation, and growing experience with the law.

    The biggest contribution of this book is in highlighting the game playing aspect of dealing with law. I think game-playing gets short shrift from other law authors who may be stuck inside their very serious institution. Most other books reduce game-playing to simple economic theory and don't pay enough attention to the human side of gaming with the law. I mean, really. Just look at how big the sports section of the Sunday paper is versus the economic analysis section! Games are a big part of everyday life. Ewick & Silbey give game-playing the appropriate type of attention. Big bravo.

    My only criticism is that the language of this book is mainly for an academic audience, and thus I give it only four stars-sorry. The writing could be de-academicized and made more powerful and popular. Overall it is an excellent, meticulously researched book

    I got the book for its cover-the picture of chairs in newly shoveled parking space. Now that's a real hotbed of attitude in the informal/formal law divide. Thanks to the authors and worker-bees for all their work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Common Place Of Law is anything but common
    The Common Place Of Law is a literate, witty and very well written explanation of how law does and does not work for the people for whom law was created: the common citizen.

    Using anecdotal material mixed with sociological theory, Ewing and Silbey have created an intelligent mix of the plebeian and the patrician.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very, very important book for the study of law today.
    This book is accessible to many different audiences and is profound in its content. It would be an excellent book for undergraduate education, legal education or, even for pleasure reading. The anecdotal chapters interspersed with the analysis of the role of law in the lives or ordinary Americans makes this sophisticated book about the sociology of law in contemporary society one that should have staying power in the academy as well as more popular venues. What it has to say about law -- that Americans have a complex and sometimes contradictory relationship with the legal system and its promise of justice -- is not surprising as much as it is affirming and explanatory of so much of what we experience these days in the media and popular culture. The method the authors use to tease their thesis is rigorous and convincing, a model of scholarship for students and professionals. The Common Place of Law is a book to which I will refer and which I will reread for years. ... Read more

    180. Phantom Risk: Scientific Inference and the Law
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    Asin: 0262061562
    Catlog: Book (1993-06-04)
    Publisher: The MIT Press
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    Phantom risks are risks whose very existence is unproven and perhaps unprovable, yet they raise real problems at the interface of science and the law. Phantom Risk surveys a dozen scientific issues that have led to public controversy and litigation - among them, miscarriage from the use of video display terminals, birth defects in children whose mothers used the drug Bendectin, and cancer from low-intensity magnetic fields, and from airborne asbestos. It presents the scientific evidence behind these and other issues and summarizes the resulting litigation.

    Focusing on the great disparity between the scientific evidence that is sufficient to arouse public fears and that needed to establish a hazard or its absence, these original contributions probe the problem of scientific ambiguity in risk assessment, and the mayhem this creates in the courtroom.

    Although the authors are clearly optimistic about the use of science to detect and evaluate risks, they recognize the difficulty of inferring cause-and-effect relationships from epidemiological (observational) evidence and of inferring risks to humans from high-dose animal experiments, the two major sources of evidence. The final chapter reviews the exceptionally difficult problem of how the legal impact of disputes about phantom risks can be reduced.

    Kenneth R. Foster is Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. David E. Bernstein is an attorney at the law firm of Crowell & Moring. Peter W. Huber is a Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and serves as Counsel to the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt.
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