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Praetorianism & Common Law In Post-Colonial Settings: Judicial Responses To Constitutional Breakdowns In Pakistan, Tayyab Mahmud Jan 1993

Praetorianism & Common Law In Post-Colonial Settings: Judicial Responses To Constitutional Breakdowns In Pakistan, Tayyab Mahmud

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The successive constitutional crises that confronted the Pakistani courts were not of their own making. But the doctrinally inconsistent, judicially inappropriate, and politically timid responses fashioned by these courts ultimately undermined constitutional governance. When confronted with the question of the validity and scope of extra constitutional power, the courts vacillated between Hans Kelsen's theory of revolutionary validity, Hugo Grotius's theory of implied mandate, and an expansive construction of the doctrine of state necessity. A more principled and realistic response would have been to declare the validity of extra constitutional regimes a nonjusticiable political question. Besides ensuring doctrinal consistency, a refusal …


In A Different Register: The Pragmatics Of Powerlessness In Police Interrogation, Janet Ainsworth Jan 1993

In A Different Register: The Pragmatics Of Powerlessness In Police Interrogation, Janet Ainsworth

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In a majority of states, a suspect is deemed to have invoked the Miranda right to counsel only if the suspect's request is clear and unequivocal. This doctrine is challenged as an insufficient protection of constitutional rights. It is argued that courts should treat even ambiguous and equivocal requests as per se effective innovations of the right to counsel.