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Distinctive Aspects of American Law (Project)

Overview
Works: 12 works in 12 publications in 1 language and 889 library holdings
Genres: Trials, litigation, etc  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Educational films 
Classifications: KF228, 342.730852
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Most widely held works by Distinctive Aspects of American Law (Project)
Kelo v. City of New London : 545 U.S. 469 (2005) by Susette Kelo( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1990's, New London, Connecticut faced economic problems after a large naval base closed. When Pfizer announced plans to build a new research facility in the city, New London began planning a large-scale development in the nearby Fort Trumbull area of town that involved using the City's power of eminent domain to acquire properties in the area. Susette Kelo and some of her neighbors fought the City's efforts to take their homes, leading to an important Supreme Court decision on the proper role for eminent domain. The documentary tells the story of the case through interviews with Kelo; her lawyer Scott Bullock from the Institute for Justice; members of the Coalition to Save the Fort Trumbull Neighborhood; city lawyers Tom Londregan and Edward O'Connell; and city planners Michael Joplin and John Brooks
Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council : 505 U.S. 1003 (1992) by David Lucas( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Lucas paid $945,000 for two beachfront lots on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina in 1986, intending to build single family homes on the property. In 1988, the South Carolina legislature enacted the Beachfront Management Act pursuant to the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. The federal Coastal Management Act allowed states to receive federal grants for developing programs to control and lessen shoreline erosion. Under the provisions of the Beachfront Management Act, Lucas' property fell within an area where occupiable improvements were prohibited. Lucas filed suit alleging that the Act's construction led to a taking without just compensation and was prohibited under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The South Carolina's Court of Common Pleas agreed. The Supreme Court of South Carolina reversed and the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari
Van Orden v. Perry : 545 U.S. ____ (2005) by Thomas Van Orden( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After passing a monument of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol in Austin and believing its presence to be a violation of the First Amendment, Thomas Van Orden sued the State of Texas to have it removed
Republican Party of Minnesota v. White : 536 U.S. 765 (2002) by Republican Party (Minn.)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minnesota elects its judges and places limits on what they can say in their campaigns in order to preserve the impartiality of the judiciary. Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Greg Wersal, with the backing of the state Republican Party, challenged the rules as unconstitutionally limiting his First Amendment right of free speech
Locke v. Davey : 540 U.S. 712 (2004) by Gary Locke( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Governor Gary Locke and the Washington legislature created the Promise Scholarship program to enable low- and middle-income students to attend college. Josh Davey received a Promise Scholarship for the 1999-2000 school year to attend Northwest College, where he wanted to major in theology. When he was told he could not receive the scholarship money because of his major, he sued. Davey claimed that denying state scholarships to theology students violated his First Amendment right to practice his own religious beliefs through his chosen course of study
Board of Education v. Lindsay Earls : 536 U.S. 822 (2002) by Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tecumseh, Oklahoma high school student, Lindsay Earls, was upset by her school district's policy of testing all students involved in extracurricular activities for illegal drug use so she challenged it in court. The case was testing whether drug testing of students in extracurricular activities violates the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures
Virginia v. Black : 538 U.S. 343 (2003)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This case focuses on the case of KKK leader Barry Black who was arrested for cross burning in Carroll County, Virginia and whether or not the Virginia statute banning cross burning and his arrest under that statute violated his First Amendment right of free speech
BMW v. Gore by Inc BMW of North America( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In January 1990, physician Ira Gore purchased a 1990 BMW 535i from German Auto in Birmingham, Alabama. Several months later he discovered that it had been repainted prior to sale. Dr. Gore filed a lawsuit against BMW, and an Alabama jury awarded him $4 million in punitive damages. While the award was reduced on appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review, setting the stage for a landmark ruling on the constitutionality of punitive damage awards
Marsh v. Chambers : 463 U.S. 783 (1983) by Frank Marsh( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Dr. Robert Palmer, a Presbyterian minister, was named Chaplain of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature, he continued a long tradition of opening legislative sessions with a prayer. State Senator Ernie Chambers objected to the prayers, viewing them as the state's endorsement of a particular religion. With the help of the Nebraska ACLU, he filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that the prayers violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. His lawsuit noted that for 16 years, the chaplain had been from the same denomination, the prayers were in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and that the chaplain was paid at public expense. Chambers took his case to the Supreme Court, leading to a landmark decision on the separation of church and state
Lee v. Weisman : 505 U.S. 577 (1992) by Robert E Lee( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Issue: Constitutionality of a prayer at a public school graduation ceremony
Lynch v. Donnelly : 465 U.S. 668 (1984) by Dennis M Lynch( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Issue: Constitutionality of a city-sponsored Christmas display
Swedenburg v. Kelly : 544 U.S. 460 (2005) by Juanita Swedenburg( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Issue: Whether state laws banning the shipping of wine to consumers violate the Commerce Clause. The story is told by Swedenburg, her attorneys Bolick and Scott Simpson, Juanita Duggan and Craig Wolf of the Wine and Sprits Wholesalers of America, and wholesalers' attorney Randy Mastro
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identityVoices of American Law (Project)

Distinctive Aspects of American Law Video Project

Distinguished Aspects of American Law (Project)

Duke University. School of Law. Distinctive Aspects of American Law

Languages
English (12)