The Trial
by Franz Kafka

The Trial is a novel written by Franz Kafka. One of Kafka’s best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed to neither him nor the reader. The terrifying tale of Joseph K, a respectable functionary in a bank, who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. A nightmare vision of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the mad agendas of twentieth-century totalitarian regimes. Look at Joseph K., a bank officer living in a country with a constitution. He wakes up one day with strange men in his apartment telling him he’s under arrest. Why or for what offense, no one knows. The arresting officers themselves don’t know and can’t tell him. Even if he’s under arrest, however, no one picks him up or locks him in jail. He can still go to his office, work, perform his customary daily chores, and do whatever he wants to do as he awaits his trial. But he is understandably anxious and worried. He is, after all, charged with an unknown but very grave offense. He has a criminal case. He is an accused. He is under arrest. For this problem he consults so many. He gets a lawyer. His uncle comes to his aid. He talks with his lawyer’s other client–also charged and under arrest like him. He consults other people, a painter (who is said to know the “Court”), some women, a priest, etc. about his case. But no one can tell him what the charge is and what his sentence will be. The “Examining Magistrate,” the “Judges,” the “Court,” the proceedings/ trial, and even the “Law” itself–they all seem to be unsolvable enigmas.

Pornography on Trial
by Thomas C. Mackey

Anti-smut crusaders and advocates of free speech have always been locked in an intellectual death struggle. In fact, at one time even the disseminators of birth control information were prosecuted for “obscenity.” How this ongoing battle has fared during the last two centuries in the United States is now surveyed in Pornography on Trial. This book assesses the U.S. legal and doctrinal rules that interest groups, communities, and judges employ to regulate, suppress, or tolerate allegedly obscene material. The coverage provides a blueprint for surveying American pornography policies in the latter half of the 20th century, covering the full sweep of anti-obscenity measures, from the key 1868 “Hicklin test” to the latest decisions involving the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The volume contains a solid introduction, examines the social, economic, political and historical background of the issue, and discusses the impact of key cases on U.S. society. There are also primary documents, such as court decisions and interviews; an A-Z list of individuals, laws, and concepts; a chronology; a glossary; and an annotated bibliography.

Gay Rights on Trial
by Lee Walzer

In this comprehensive overview of how the American legal system has approached issues pertaining to sexual orientation and how the law has advanced–or hindered–civil rights, author Lee Walzer reveals that while the United States has the world’s most developed lesbian and gay community, it lags other countries on equality for sexual minorities.

Gay Rights on Trial focuses on four significant cases that have shaped the development of gay rights, including detailed discussion of majority and dissenting decisions and analysis of their legacy and impact. Also included are a chronology; a section of key people, laws, and concepts; a table of cases; key legal documents such as the Defense of Marriage Act and the Vermont Civil Union Act; and an annotated bibliography.

The Trial
by Robert Whitlow

A lawyer ready to die takes one final case…the trial of his life.

Attorney Kent “Mac” MacClain has nothing left to live for. Nine years after the horrific accident that claimed the life of his wife and two sons, he’s finally given up. His empty house is a mirror for his empty soul, it seems suicide is his only escape. And then the phone rings.

Angela Hightower, the beautiful heiress and daughter of the most powerful man in Dennison Springs, has been found dead at the bottom of a ravine. The accused killer, Peter Thomason, needs a lawyer. But Mac has come up against the Hightowers and their ruthless, high-powered lawyers before — an encounter that left his practice and reputation reeling.

The evidence pointing to Thomason’s guilt seems insurmountable. Is Mac defending an ingenious psychopath, or has Thomason been framed–possibly by a member of the victim’s family? It comes down to one last trial. For Thomason, the opponent is the electric chair. For Mac, it is his own tormented past–a foe that will prove every bit as deadly.

Socrates on Trial
by Thomas C. Brickhouse, Nicholas D. Smith

This interpretation of Plato’s Apology of Socrates argues that Plato’s Socrates offers a sincere defence against the charges he faces. In doing so the book offers an exhaustive historical and philosophical interpretation of and commentary on the text.

ADHD on Trial
by Michael Gordon (Ph. D.)

In 2006 Philadelphia, graduate student Jonathan Love sued the organization that publishes the Law School Admissions Test. Love had attained average scores on the test, but claimed he should have been given extra time because he qualified as a person with a disability – and allowances provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act – due to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The case, which drew in author psychologist Michael Gordon as an expert witness for the defense, reached federal court and resulted in a precedent-setting ruling still as controversial as the disorder that triggered the trial. In this work, Gordon takes us into the courtroom and behind the scenes with attorneys and experts to look not only at this trial, but more than a dozen others that have involved ADHD or other psychiatric diagnoses, and the questions they raise, including what the real meaning of disability is, how malingering can be an issue with psychological disorders, and what the more far-reaching effects for the public can be if accommodations are provided to people who do not have a legally-defined disability. When does deference to an individual with a disorder like ADHD begin to invade the rights of the non-disabled?

Controversy fills these pages, from discussion of ADHD and the debate over its justifiability as a disability to public reactions regarding the ruling in Love’s case and others. Comparisons and contrasts are also raised between the Love trial and earlier cases involving people claiming psychological disabilities who fought actions by The National Board of Medical Examiners, United Airlines, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine, and other organizations. Do the decisions help or harm disability rights and people with disabilities? Gordon offers the insights not only of a psychologist, but a seasoned legal insider who has testified as an expert witness at many of the trials.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger
by Christopher Hitchens

With the detention of Augusto Pinochet, and intense international pressure for the arrest of Slobodan Milosovic, the possibility of international law acting against tyrants around the world is emerging as a reality. In this incendiary book, Hitchens takes the floor as prosecuting counsel and mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambitions and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter. He investigates and reveals Kissingers’ involvement in: the deliberate mass killings of civilian populations in Indochina; the deliberate collusion in mass murder and assassination in Bangladesh; the personal suborning and planning of a murder, of a senior constitutional officer in a democratic nation that the USA was not war with – Chile; the incitement and enabling of a mass genocide in East Timor; and the personal involvement in the kidnap and murder of a journalist living in Washinton DC.

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