Appropriate for high school students and above as well as for general readers, this two-volume reference, in a thoughtful, non-sensational manner, presents criminal cases of the past 100 years that have caught the attention of the public for various reasons. Arranged chronologically, the first volume covers the Black Box Scandal of 1920 through the Attica Prison riots of 1971; the second, from Pine Ridge trials in the mid-1970s to Abu Ghraib in the early years of the 21st century. The cases are described in detail with a substantial amount of material illuminating the individuals involved, the social and historical contexts, legal issues, and outcomes. In addition, editors Chermak (criminal justice, Michigan State U.) and Bailey (criminal justice, U. at Albany SUNY) provide a contextual introduction to each of the two volumes. A bibliography and thorough indexing conclude the second volume.
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The scholary essays of this guide explore the details of each crime, the legal issues involved, the course of litigation and appeals. The analysis assesses the impact of the media on the case as well as change in laws, criminal justice procedures, and the attitudes of society at large....This excellent survey will provide students of criminal justice, communication, political science and cultural history with a provocative introduction to key issues in criminal prosecution in the United States.