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This paintings offers an creation to the yankee felony method for a huge readership. Its concentration is on legislation in perform, at the function of the legislation in American society; and the way the social context impacts the dwelling legislation of the United States

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American law: an introduction

This paintings offers an creation to the yank criminal approach for a huge readership. Its concentration is on legislations in perform, at the position of the legislations in American society; and the way the social context impacts the dwelling legislations of the U.S. summary: This paintings presents an advent to the yankee felony method for a wide readership.

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For example, the jury is a common-​law institution. So is the 15 What Is a Legal System? 15 “trust,” an arrangement in which a person (or bank) as trustee receives money or property to invest and manage for the benefit of certain beneficiaries. The common law is no longer confined to a single small country. The English brought it to their colonies, and in most cases it took root and thrived. All common-​law countries were once colonies of Great Britain, or, in some cases, colonies of colonies. Roughly speaking, the common law reigns wherever the English language is spoken.

The railroad in many ways and in many fields practically rewrote the law books of the United States in the nineteenth century. In the twentieth century, the automobile had almost as big an influence on law. Neither the railroad nor the automobile shows much respect for what family a legal system belongs to. It is hard to exaggerate the importance of technology in understanding what makes contemporary law tick. Accident law—​the heart of the legal field we call torts—​is basically the offspring of the nineteenth-​century railroad; in the twentieth century, 17 What Is a Legal System?

In 1873, the businessmen formed a vigilance committee, which started its work by killing two men in a dance hall and ordering five more to get out of town. 17 The colorful vigilantes of the old West are no longer with us; but even today there are neighborhood associations that call themselves vigilantes (or “neovigilantes”). These groups patrol city streets and keep watch in their neighborhoods, because they feel the “real” police are not doing the job. ”19 In 2012, George Zimmerman, an armed member of a neighborhood watch group in Sanford, Florida, disregarded telephone instructions from the police department, and kept on pursuing a “real suspicious” figure who turned out to be an unarmed, black teenager walking home from an errand at the store.

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