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The Courtroom Technology Wars Are Here!, Fredric I. Lederer Dec 2001

The Courtroom Technology Wars Are Here!, Fredric I. Lederer

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The Judiciary In The United States: A Search For Fairness, Independence And Competence, Stephen J. Shapiro Apr 2001

The Judiciary In The United States: A Search For Fairness, Independence And Competence, Stephen J. Shapiro

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Alexander Hamilton referred to the judiciary as “the least dangerous branch” because it could neither make nor enforce the law without help from the other two branches of government. In the years since then, however, courts and judges in the United States have assumed a much more prominent role in society. American judges preside over criminal trials and sentence those convicted, decide all kinds of civil disputes, both large and small, and make important decisions involving families, such as child custody. They have also become the primary guarantors of the civil and constitutional rights of American citizens.

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Juries And Technology: Equipping Jurors For The Twenty-First Century (Symposium), Nancy S. Marder Feb 2001

Juries And Technology: Equipping Jurors For The Twenty-First Century (Symposium), Nancy S. Marder

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Accommodating Linguistic Difference: Toward A Comprehensive Theory Of Language Rights In The United States, Cristina M. Rodríguez Jan 2001

Accommodating Linguistic Difference: Toward A Comprehensive Theory Of Language Rights In The United States, Cristina M. Rodríguez

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In Henzdndez v. New York,' the Supreme Court held that prosecutors
may strike potential jurors from the venire on the basis of their ability to
speak a language other than English. Courts have consistently treated biand
multilingualism as reasonable grounds for excluding individuals
from participation in an institution long considered to be a fundamental
site of civic engagement. Courts seem to fear that bilingual jurors will
disrupt jury deliberations that are carefully cabined by legal procedures,
which include court-sponsored translations of foreign-language testimony.
The Henzdndez Court, despite its deference to the prosecutors,
complicated the issue in its plurality opinion by ...


Managing Punitive Damages: A Role For Mandatory "Limited Generosity" Classes And Anti-Suit Injunctions?, Joan E. Steinman Jan 2001

Managing Punitive Damages: A Role For Mandatory "Limited Generosity" Classes And Anti-Suit Injunctions?, Joan E. Steinman

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In this Article, I consider whether "limited generosity" classes may be used to determine a defendant's entire liability for punitive damages arising from a defined course of conduct. The goals of such a class action would include adequately punishing and deterring the defendant, keeping the defendant's liability within state-mandated and constitutional limits, and facilitating equitable distribution of the damages among injured plaintiffs. The Article describes the legal limits on punitive damages liability that states have established and that the Supreme Court has held substantive due process to impose, and then carefully examines whether such limits constitute a predicate ...


Making Deals In Court-Connected Mediation: What's Justice Got To Do With It?, Nancy A. Welsh Jan 2001

Making Deals In Court-Connected Mediation: What's Justice Got To Do With It?, Nancy A. Welsh

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When mediation was first introduced to the courts, the process was hailed as “alternative.” Mediation gave disputants the opportunity to discuss and resolve their dispute themselves; the role of the third party was to facilitate the disputants’ negotiations, not to dictate the outcome; and because the disputants were able to focus on their underlying interests in mediation, the process could result in creative, customized solutions. The picture of mediation is changing, however, as the process settles into its role as a tool for the resolution of personal injury, contract, and other nonfamily cases on the courts’ civil dockets. Attorneys dominate ...


Judicial Fact-Finding And Sentence Enhancements In A World Of Guilty Pleas, Stephanos Bibas Jan 2001

Judicial Fact-Finding And Sentence Enhancements In A World Of Guilty Pleas, Stephanos Bibas

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Making Progress The Old-Fashioned Way, Stephen B. Burbank Jan 2001

Making Progress The Old-Fashioned Way, Stephen B. Burbank

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