By Michael S Lief
From the authors of the seriously acclaimed "Ladies and gents of the Jury" comes a set of last arguments that spans 250 years and 8 landmark trials that experience redefined civil rights in the United States and profoundly affected our society.Every day thousands of american citizens benefit from the freedom to make your mind up what they do with their estate, their our bodies, their speech, and their votes. notwithstanding, the rights to those freedoms haven't regularly been assured. Our civil rights were guaranteed through circumstances that experience produced enormous shifts in America's cultural, social, and felony panorama during the last 3 centuries.Until now, the final arguments from those trials were unavailable to the lay reader -- other than within the lasting results of the selections that they stimulated. yet the following the authors have accrued probably the most pivotal and interesting last arguments in historical past -- from the Amistad case, within which John Quincy Adams introduced the injustice of slavery to the guts level of yankee politics, to the Susan B. Anthony choice, which cleared the path to good fortune for women's suffrage, to the Larry Flynt trial, during which the porn king turned an not likely champion for freedom of speech.One example demonstrates how undesirable lawyering could make undesirable legislation -- the Carrie dollar case, during which the superb court docket upheld the pressured sterilization of girls, a call nonetheless at the books today.Each of the 8 chapters offers a case within the context of yankee society -- then and now -- and contains a short old creation, a biographical comic strip of the legal professional concerned, an research of the ultimate argument, and a precis of the impression of the trial's end on its contributors and ourcountry. In transparent, jargon-free prose, Michael S Lief and H. Mitchell Caldwell make those pivotal, society-changing situations come to bright lifestyles for each reader -- totally revealing the rigors that experience helped get to the bottom of America's most complicated civil concerns and outline our lives.
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Shouldn’t they, reasoned Armstrong, be allowed to honor their religious beliefs, free of government intervention, and allow their daughter to die a natural death unimpeded by extraordinary means? Armstrong then considered the constitutional right of privacy—the right of people to make decisions affecting themselves, in circumstances where there is no danger to society at large. That might be his second argument. But before Armstrong could consider how he would proceed, he had to decide if he was up to the challenge; he was only two years out of Notre Dame Law School.
This belief finds its roots in the sixteenth century, and the advent of medicine as a science. The question arose as one of medical ethics in an era when anesthesia did not yet exist. Suppose a person’s arm or leg became fatally diseased and required amputation to save the life of the patient. Was the patient obligated to submit to the unendurable pain of this surgery to sustain life? The Catholic Church reasoned no. A person without benefit of anesthesia might choose to die as opposed to subjecting himself to a painful procedure that itself might cause death.
Another decried “the awful frank cruelty and crudity” of euthanasia. Similar voluntary euthanasia bills were introduced in Florida and Idaho in 1967 and 1969 respectively, both ultimately failing to become law. Historical developments of the late 1930s and the early 1940s did little to help euthanasia’s cause. While the Euthanasia Society of America (ESA) campaigned vigorously for mercy killing, the onset of World War II undermined the group’s efforts, as rumors filtered out of occupied Europe that the Nazi regime had instituted a program to kill off the unfit.
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Greatest Closing Arguments Protecting Civil Libertie by Michael S Lief