Defendant Rights: A Reference Handbook available in Hardcover
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- ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
A unique handbook comparing defendant rights in legal traditions around the world in light of fast-changing developments in U.S. law since September 11, 2001, and the USA PATRIOT Act.
Written for the general reader, this book examines the scope of the legal rights granted by the U.S. Constitution to those accused of a crime. Defendant Rights examines the history of the Anglo-American legal tradition and compares and contrasts this with the major international systems of the world.
Of special significance are the book's sections on the development of the British Dooms Law books under the Anglo-Saxon kings, and the Magna Carta's impact on American legal thought. Especially important in today's political climate is the coverage of Islam's sacred text, the Koran, and the role of the Islamic Kadi.
• Chronology covers the evolution of defendant rights in the United States including material on the Warren, Burger, and Rehnquist Courts
• Primary source documents include the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Amnesty International's country reports
About the Author
Hamid R. Kusha is associate professor of criminal justice in the Department of Social Sciences at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, TX.