The History of the New York Court of Appeals: 1932-2003

Hardcover | July 11, 2006

byBernard S. Meyer, Burton C. Agata, Seth H. Agata

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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.

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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 med...

Bernard S. Meyer (1916-2005) was an associate justice of the New York Court of Appeals from 1979 to 1986 and then became a partner in the firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P. C. in Mineola, New York.Burton C. Agata is Max Schmertz Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law at Hofstra University.Seth H. Agata is Senior Associate Cou...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:864 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:July 11, 2006Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231136323

ISBN - 13:9780231136327

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Table of Contents

Preface1. A Brief Overview of the Court of Appeals2. Jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals3. Interrelation of the Court of Appeals, the Legislature, and the Executive4. Common Law and the Court of Appeals5. Statutory Interpretation6. Form of Opinions and Reports7. The Great Depression8. New Judicial Federalism9. Motion Picture Censorship10. Obscenity, Indecency, and Immorality11. Religion12. Real Property13. Contracts14. Torts15. Corporations16. Arbitration17. Criminal Law18. Evidence19. Conflict of Laws20. Procedure21. Education22. Abortion, Right to Control Own Medical Care, and Some Related Matters23. Family Law24. Election Law25. Antitrust and Restraints on Competition26. Picketing and Labor Relations27. The Chief Judges' Contributions: State of the JudiciaryNotesSubject IndexTable of StatutesTable of Cases