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Taking the stand : my life in the law

by Dershowitz, Alan M.

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"In Taking the Stand, Dershowitz reveals the evolution of his own thinking on such fundamental issues as censorship and the First Amendment, Civil Rights, Abortion, homocide and the increasing role that science plays in a legal defense. Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harv... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Born and religiously educated in Brooklyn
  • My secular education
  • My clerkships
  • Beginning my life as an academic
  • The evolution of the First Amendment
  • Direct and vicarious "offensiveness" of obscenity
  • Disclosure of secrets
  • Expressions that incite violence and disrupt speakers
  • The right to falsify history and science
  • Defamation and privacy
  • Speech that "supports" terrorist groups
  • Life intrudes on law
  • "Death is different"
  • The death penalty for those who don't kill
  • Using science, law, logic, and experience to disprove murder
  • Death, politics, religion, and international intrigue
  • Death cases from the classroom to the courtroom and from the courtroom to the classroom
  • The changing politics of rape
  • The changing impact of the media on the law
  • The changing face of race
  • The crumbling wall between church and state
  • From human rights to human wrongs.