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Seventeen thought-provoking essays in this sophisticated yet accessible reader demonstrate how political scientists conduct research on law, courts, and the judicial process, and at the same time answer interesting, substantive questions. Illustrating the breadth and depth of judicial politics studies, the essays convey to students the array of contemporary thinking -- both theoretical and methodological -- at work in the field. The book's five parts cover subjects taught in most judicial politics courses. Because each chapter stands alone, instructors have the flexibility of assigning less than the whole book or chapters in a different order. Topics examined range from information used by voters electing judges to the credibility of victims of sexualized violence. Accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students, Contemplating Courts offers fascinating views ...

The Fired Football Coach (Or, How Trial Courts Make Policy)
The fired football coach (or, how trial courts make policy)

Ten years ago, a woman named Rose Cipollone gave a deposition in her suit against three cigarette manufacturers for damage to her health. “I thought it was cool to smoke, and grown-up.” Then, she added, “I got hooked.” A few months after her deposition Mrs. Cipollone died of lung cancer, so she never knew she had become the first person to be awarded damages—$400,000 to her widower—in a smoking liability case (“A Killing Silence” 1994, A24).

In Cipollone v. Liggett Group (1984) Rose Cipollone presented a claim against cigarette manufacturers to obtain compensation for her family for the pain and suffering from her smoking and resulting illness. ...

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