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More Weird Cases

Author : Gary Slapper
ISBN : 0854901000
Genre : Courts
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The first book in this series, Weird Cases, was published in 2009 and contained cases which had been dealt with by the courts in the previous two years. The parade of extraordinary human disputes and irregularities that are heard in law courts has, however, run on unabated since then. More Weird Cases provides a further instalment of extraordinary cases from around the world that have featured in the author’s popular column in The Times Online. The cases featured in More Weird Cases are those that truly stand out as odd, even among all the unusual dramas that challenge the courts: the case of the man caught with a substantial quantity of marijuana who said in his defence that he only possessed the drug for the purposes of de-worming his ducks; a case where the court authorities didn’t accept that ‘being a cat’ was a proper excuse not to serve on a jury; and one where a man was granted a divorce because his wife thought about having sex with another man. This book is a highly entertaining read for anyone who enjoys reading about the more bizarre aspects of human life that fetch up in the law courts at the beginning of the 21st century.
Category: Courts

Further Weird Cases

Author : Gary Slapper
ISBN : 0854901345
Genre : Courts
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This book, the third in a series, provides another instalment of extraordinary cases from around the world. Based on the author’s popular Times Online column, Further Weird Cases draws on cases and stories from many countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Japan, Romania, and China and contains a great variety of shockingly strange. funny, and entertaining courtroom dramas.The cases featured in Further Weird Cases are those that truly stand out as odd, even among all the unusual dramas that challenge the courts: a man from Florida who had his hand bitten off by an alligator and was then convicted of “illegally feeding an alligator”; a man imprisoned for 50 years for stealing a packet of pork ribs; two men in Italy who broke the law by dying in a place where it was illegal to die; the case in Scotland that collapsed when a dog due to give evidence died before the trial; a case in Brazil in which an election candidate had tried to gain votes by including a free sample of cocaine with each election leaflet; a case determining whether it is theft for a shopper to go to the ‘free sample’ counter of meat in a supermarket, fill two bags with the samples, and exit; and what happened to the defendant who urinated in the judge’s waste paper bin. These further weird cases are organised in themed chapters related to topics such as sex and love, food and drink, unusual punishments, pets and animals, and driving.This book is highly entertaining for anyone who enjoys reading about the more bizarre aspects of human life that fetch up in the law courts at the beginning of the 21st century.
Category: Courts

The Successful Law Student

Author : Imogen (Senior Teaching Fellow in Law; Director of Education in the Law School Moore, University of Bristol)
ISBN : 9780198757085
Genre : Law
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The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law is the ultimate companion for all prospective and current law students. Packed full of insights, advice and perspectives from current and past law students it is the only student guide to offer you the inside track on how to makethe most of your law degree and your time at university.The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law is perfect for you whether you're taking a one-, two-, three- or four-year degree course or planning to take a year abroad, whether you're a full-time, part-time, or mature student, or whether you'll be balancing your studies with workor other commitments. The focus is on the things that will make a big difference to your student experience, including making a smooth transition to university level study, getting the most out of lectures and feedback from tutors, advice on how to approach law exams, and finding a rewarding career.Complemented by a variety of insider voices from students and alumni, which add valuable context and real-life insight, Imogen Moore and Craig Newbery-Jones use their extensive experience as law teachers to explore the learning process and look beyond it to consider the wider definition of success,and help you manage the pressures of legal study.
Category: Law

The Glitch

Author : Elisabeth Cohen
ISBN : 9780385542791
Genre : Fiction
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A fast, funny, deeply hilarious debut--The Glitch is the story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control, until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a major glitch in her over-scheduled, over-staffed, over-worked life. Shelley Stone, wife, mother, and CEO of the tech company Conch, is committed to living her most efficient life. She takes her "me time" at 3:30 a.m. on the treadmill, power naps while waiting in line, schedules sex with her husband for when they are already changing clothes, and takes a men's multivitamin because she refuses to participate in her own oppression. But when she meets a young woman also named Shelley Stone who has the same exact scar on her shoulder, Shelley has to wonder: Is she finally buckling under all the pressure? Completely original, brainy, and laugh-out-loud funny, The Glitch introduces one of the most memorable characters in recent fiction and offers a riotous look into work, marriage, and motherhood in our absurd world.
Category: Fiction

Aesthetics And The Philosophy Of Art

Author : Robert Stecker
ISBN : 9781442201286
Genre : Philosophy
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Praised in its original edition for its up-to-date, rigorous presentation of current debates and for the clarity of its presentation, Robert Stecker's new edition of Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art preserves the major themes and conclusions of the original, while expanding its content, providing new features, and enhancing accessibility. Stecker introduces students to the history and evolution of aesthetics, and also makes an important distinction between aesthetics and philosophy of art. While aesthetics is the study of value, philosophy of art deals with a much wider array of questions including issues in metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of mind, as well value theory. Described as a 'remarkably unified introduction to many contemporary debates in aesthetics and the philosophy of art,' Stecker specializes in sympathetically laying bear the play of argument that emerges as competing views on a topic engage each other. This book does not simply present a controversy in its current state of play, but instead demonstrates a philosophical mind at work helping to advance the issue toward a solution.
Category: Philosophy

The Seal

Author : Timothy J. Mockaitis
ISBN : 9781469102528
Genre : Religion
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"The Seal: A Priests Story" recalls the true story of an outrageous violation of religious liberty which created an unprecedented rift between the powers of Church and State. When a priest recieved the sacramental confession of a jailed inmate, in which forgiveness is offered by God alone, he did not realize that the sacred priest-penitent communication had been secretly tape recorded. Would it have helped solve the case? Or has the law violated a persons religious right? The story explores uncharted legal territory in this first impression case involving a priest, a penitent, a district attorney and the Catholic Church. It was the first time a violation of the seal of confession was alleged in a capital case in the United States, and the first time an attempt was made in court to define a violation of the seal of the confessional as a First Amendment violation. With a compelling Foreword by Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, this book of narrative non-fiction, written in a unique first person voice, will be of interest to Catholics and non-Catholics, clergy and parishioner alike across this nation, all people of faith, and readers independent of religious affiliation. Citizens concerned with the infringement of our Constitutional rights,in particular the right to religious freedom and privacy, and those in the legal profession will find this book a fascinating study. In the endless debate over the role of religion and faith in public life, this case offers a distinct contribution to that dialogue and presents a significant test of our American Constitution. Delve into the controversial incident that teeters dangerously between morality and ethics, law and religion. This very personal and public story is a compelling read. What Others have said: "The Seal" serves as a sharp reminder that we cannot take religious freedom for granted or stand aside when it is under duress . . ." (Francis Cardinal George - Archbishop of Chicago) "This revelation of a brazen attempt to violate the sacred privacy of the confessional and the constitutional rights of a vulnerable suspect should alert all of us. What happened in Oregon is a warning. I highly recommend this book." (Sr. Helen Prejean, Author: "Dead Man Walking" and "The Death of Innocents." "This case has more twists and turns than an Agatha Christy novel." (Sean Hannity - Fox News Network) "This is the ultimate nightmare between Church Law and Constitutional Law." (Roger Cossack - CNN). "This is unprecedented in American history . . .a Nazi tactic . . . the relationship between a priest and a penitent is sacred and cannot be violated . . ." (William Donohue - Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights). "Out of nowhere, as it must have seemed, the performance of a rite . . . enshrined in secrecy became a matter for the media, for the courts, for the public at large . . . (Judge John Noonan - 9th Circuit Court of Appeals: 1/27/97)
Category: Religion

The Case Of The Weird Sisters

Author : Charlotte Armstrong
ISBN : 9781784083199
Genre : Fiction
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Three old crones plan a deadly accident for their wealthy half-brother. Alice Brennan is going to marry a millionaire. She has caught the eye of her boss, Innes Whitlock, but before they can tie the knot she must meet his sisters: three women who are so awful that no amount of money is worth enduring their company. One is blind, one is deaf, one is missing an arm, and they all want their brother dead. The accidents begin as soon as Alice and Innes arrive at the sisters' creaky old Michigan country house. A lamp falls from the ceiling, narrowly missing Innes's head. When he goes for a drive, a detour sign disappears, sending him off the road and nearly killing him. Before the sisters can finish the job, Alice contacts her old history professor, MacDougal Duff, who makes his living solving murders. He is the only one who can save Alice's millionaire from his murderous family.
Category: Fiction

American Silent Horror Science Fiction And Fantasy Feature Films 1913 1929

Author : John T. Soister
ISBN : 9780786487905
Genre : Performing Arts
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During the Silent Era, when most films dealt with dramatic or comedic takes on the “boy meets girl, boy loses girl” theme, other motion pictures dared to tackle such topics as rejuvenation, revivication, mesmerism, the supernatural and the grotesque. A Daughter of the Gods (1916), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Magician (1926) and Seven Footprints to Satan (1929) were among the unusual and startling films containing story elements that went far beyond the realm of “highly unlikely.” Using surviving documentation and their combined expertise, the authors catalog and discuss these departures from the norm in this encyclopedic guide to American horror, science fiction and fantasy in the years from 1913 through 1929.
Category: Performing Arts

Special Agent Scully

Author : Malcolm Butt
ISBN : 0859652548
Genre : Performing Arts
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Traces the life and career of the popular "X-Files" star and discusses behind-the-scenes details of the show and the actress's future endeavors
Category: Performing Arts