From 1932 to 2003, the New York Court of Appeals-the highest
court in the state- decided crucial cases pertaining to the social
and legal issues of the day. The judges' rulings affected laws
regarding motion picture censorship; obscenity, indecency, and
immorality; religion; capital punishment; torts; the right to
control personal medical care; and abortion.
This comprehensive history completes a two volume series that
began with The History of the New York Court of Appeals,
1847-1932. Each case is richly recounted and analyzed,
detailing the decisions and dissenting opinions. Short biographies
are provided for the judges who served during this period, and
changes in the selection of judges, as well as the court's
jurisdiction, are thoroughly explained.
Particular to this volume, the authors provide the legal,
social, and political contexts for these cases, showing how the law
has evolved over time. They examine the court's view concerning its
constitutional power to respond to an economic emergency during the
Great Depression; they outline cases in which the judges ruled on
the government's role in legislating morals and morality; and they
focus on the evolution of the court's opinions regarding statutory
interpretation, judicial federalism, censorship, constitutional
reform, criminal law and capital punishment, rules of evidence,
education, family law, and antitrust and labor law.
Subjects: Law, History
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