Nazi Saboteurs on Trial

A Military Tribunal and American Law

Author: Louis Fisher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 183

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The 9/11 attacks were not the first operations by foreign terrorists on American soil. In 1942, during World War II, eight Germans landed on our shores bent on sabotage. Caught before they could carry out their missions, under FDR's presidential proclamation they were hauled before a secret military tribunal and found guilty. After the Supreme Court's emergency session upheld the tribunal's authority, six of the men were executed. Louis Fisher chronicles the capture, trial, and punishment of the Nazi saboteurs in order to examine the extent to which procedural rights are suspended in time of war. One of America's leading constitutional scholars, Fisher analyzes the political, legal, and administrative context of the Supreme Court decision Ex parte Quirin (1942), reconstructing a rush to judgment that has striking relevance to current events. Fisher contends that the Germans' constitutional right to a civil trial was hijacked by an ill-conceived concentration of power within the presidency, overriding essential checks from the Supreme Court, Congress, and the office of the Judge Advocate General. He reveals that the trials were conducted in secret not to preserve national security but rather to shield the government's chief investigators and sentencing decisions from public scrutiny and criticism. Thus, the FBI's bogus claim to have nabbed the saboteurs entirely on their own was allowed to stand, while the saboteurs' death sentences were initially kept hidden from public view. Fisher also takes issue with the Bush administration's mistaken citing of Ex parte Quirin as an "apt precedent" for trying suspected al Qaeda terrorists. Concisely designed for students and general readers, this newly abridged and updated edition provides a cautionary tale as our nation struggles to balance individual rights and national security, as seen most clearly in the recent Supreme Court decisions relating to Yaser Esam Hamdi, Jose Padilla, and the "detainees" at Guantanamo.
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Program

Author: Organization of American Historians. Meeting

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Historians

Page: N.A

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American law in the 21st century

U.S. national reports to the XVIIth International Congress of Comparative Law

Author: American Society of Comparative Law,International Academy of Comparative Law

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 754

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Law, politics, and society

Author: Suzanne Samuels,Suzanne Uttaro Samuels

Publisher: Wadsworth

ISBN: 9780618376513

Category: Education

Page: 417

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This text studies the inextricable links between law, society, and politics through an in-depth examination of the institutions for law-making in the United States, focusing on the function, structure, and participants in the process. The institutions-oriented approach focuses on contemporary coverage of the interrelationship between law and society, and includes discussion of controversial topics, such as the influence of race, class, gender, and corporate governance on the law. Law, Politics, and Society also looks at the theoretical and philosophical foundations of American law and provides comparative and international perspectives. Diversity is embedded into each chapter within the readings—drawn from a broad range of interdisciplinary sources such as sociology, history, and medicine—as well as in activities, which encourage discussion about law and race, national origin, gender, and class. In addition, excellent coverage of how the law has changed since September 11, 2001 helps students understand these complex relationships in a tangible way. Popular Culture features use a series of photographs to help students understand how law both informs and is informed by popular culture. Law in Action features apply the concepts of each chapter to an actual law in order to illustrate the central point and to help students better understand theoretical concepts.
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Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court

Author: Paul Finkelman,Melvin I. Urofsky

Publisher: Cq Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 687

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An important new reference that provides the historical context and constitutional perspective of more than 1,000 of the most important Supreme Court cases. Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court offers an unparalleled history of the Supreme Court and its impact on American democracy and society. Case summaries are organized chronologically. In addition: -- each summary includes case name, citation, decision date, vote and vote alliances, author of the opinion of the Court, authors (and justices joining) of concurring and dissenting opinions -- summaries include extensive case cross-referencing to demonstrate evolving judicial decisions and historical connections -- most summaries include bibliographic references to facilitate additional research. -- summaries include at least one case from every year the Supreme Court has been making decisions. This one-volume ready-reference is most useful to college, law school and public libraries as well as high school libraries, especially those offering AP Government & Politics. Other key features include a table of cases, a table of justices by appointment, a table of the natural courts, the U.S. Constitution, and an extensive index.
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