May It Please the Court, Third Edition: Judicial Processes and Politics In America

Brian L. Porto

August 9, 2017 by CRC Press
Textbook - 366 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498737395 - CAT# K26536


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  • Unique feature in judical process textbooks of hypothetical scenario case studies both criminal and civil
  • Detailed discussion of the difference between law and politics
  • An illustrative appellate court decision at the end of each chapter
  • A thorough description of judicial influences with special empahsis on law school and the legal profession
  • Presents a careful assessment of alternative points of view


This practical, comprehensive, and engaging introduction to the American judicial system is designed primarily for undergraduate students in criminal justice, liberal arts, political science, and beginning law. It differs from other texts not only by delivering an insider’s view of the courts, but also by demonstrating how the judicial process operates at the intersection of law and politics.

Unlike the many dull and inaccessible texts in this field, May It Please The Court conveys the human drama of civil and criminal litigation. With an updated epilogue, case studies, and discussion questions, this third edition is a robust resource for criminal justice students.

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