The criminal law section is now complete.

The Case Law Compendium: United States Law

‘Portrait of Crime’ by Santiago Caruso

Having started work on this legal discipline in July 2018, I am just beyond thrilled to announce that this often harrowing, and yet equally compelling chapter of the United States Case Law Compendium is now well and truly finished.

While I’m aware that I listed the first half of this section in a previous blog post, I thought I would show the whole 122 cases here for convenience (plus it also helps me to acknowledge the sheer scale of this entry), and although I’m happy to be moving on to property law, it’s still an ending for me of sorts, and I can honestly say that it’s been an experience that has deepened my understanding of American criminal law to no end, which is more than I could have anticipated, and so my only wish is that potential readers will feel the same when they invest themselves into the cases studied (or rather simplified).

Anyway, without blathering on too much about it all, here is the criminal law section in all of its glory, and my apologies for such a long post.

1. Anguish v. State

2. Apprendi v. New Jersey

3. Backun v. U.S.

4. Blakely v. Washington

5. Blumenthal v. U.S.

6. Bouie v. City of Columbia

7. Bush v. Commonwealth

8. Carpenter v. U.S.

9. Cheek v. U.S.

10. City of Chicago v. Morales

11. Clark v. Arizona

12. Com. v. Berkowitz

13. Com. v. Fischer

14. Com. v. Milnarich

15. Com. v. Rhodes

16. Com. v. Twitchell

17. Com. v. Webster

18. Com. v. Williams

19. Commonwealth v. Blodgett

20. Cox v. People

21. Davidson v. State

22. Davis v. U.S.

23. Direct Sales Co. v. U.S.

24. Dixon v. State

25. Durham v. U.S.

26. Durland v. U.S.

27. Erwin v. State

28. Ewing v. California

29. Francis v. Franklin

30. Furman v. Georgia

31. Graham v. Connor

32. Graham v. Florida

33. Gregg v. Georgia

34. Harmelin v. Michigan

35. Hendershott v. People

36. Holdridge v. U.S.

37. Hopkins v. State

38. Hopps v. People

39. Hutto v. Davis

40. Jones v. Commonwealth

41. Jones v. City and County of San Francisco

42. Keeler v. Superior Court

43. Kotteakos v. U.S.

44. Lawrence v. Texas

45. Leland v. State of Oregon

46. Liparota v. U.S.

47. Lockett v. Ohio

48. Long v. State

49. McCleskey v. Kemp

50. McDonald v. U.S.

51. McNally v. U.S.

52. Montana v. Egelhoff

53. Mullaney v. Wilbur

54. New York Central & Hudson River Railroad Co. v. U.S.

55. Palmer v. State

56. Papachristou v. City of Jacksonville

57. People v. Barnes

58. People v. Beeman

59. People v. Berry

60. People v. Ceballos

61. People v. Decina

62. People v. Dioguardi

63. People v. Dohring

64. People v. Dorsey

65. People v. Grant

66. People v. Kessler

67. People v. Lauria

68. People v. Lewis

69. People v. Lovercamp

70. People v. Marrero

71. People v. Mayberry

72. People v. Newton

73. People v. Richards

74. People v. Romero

75. People v. Ryan

76. People v. Staples

77. People v. Superior Court

78. Pinkerton v. U.S.

79. Pottinger v. City of Miami

80. Proctor v. State

81. Robinson v. California

82. Rogers v. Tennessee

83. Rummel v. Estelle

84. Sandstrom v. Montana

85. Scott v. Harris

86. Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham

87. Skilling v. U.S.

88. Smith v. People of the State of California

89. Staples v. U.S.

90. State v. Adkins

91. State v. Alston

92. State v. Casey

93. State v. Crawford

94. State v. Etzweiler

95. State v. Frazier

96. State v. Green

97. State v. Haney

98. State v. Leidholm

99. State v. Leopold

100. State v. Lima

101. State v. Powell

102. State v. Smith

103. State v. Tally

104. State v. Wanrow

105. State v. Williams

106. Stephenson v. State

107. Tennessee v. Garner

108. Terry v. Ohio

109. Thornhill v. State of Alabama

110. Tot v. U.S.

111. U.S. v. Holmes

112. U.S. v. Booker

113. U.S. v. Contento-Pachon

114. U.S. v. Dotterweich

115. U.S. v. Park

116. U.S. Regent Office Supply Co.

117. U.S. v. Rybicki

118. U.S. v. Teemer

119. U.S. v. U.S. Gypsum Co.

120. U.S. v. X-Citement Video Inc.

121. U.S. v. Zavala Maldonado

122. U.S. v. Weems

 

 

I have now completed part I of the criminal law section!

The Case Law Compendium: United States Law

Criminal Law First Half

Today I sit here grinning like a Cheshire cat in the knowledge that I have now completed just over half of the criminal law section of this incredible compendium, and when I calculate the hours spent writing and researching even this chapter, it’s a testament to my perseverance and absolute commitment to completing a body of work that is undoubtedly the biggest writing project I have ever undertaken.

When you consider that each case can take anywhere between 3-5 hours to read, analyse, research and write (and some even longer), and that I have been working on this section alone since late July 2018, my excitement and pride in having got this far is spilling over, and I genuinely cannot wait to see how this book looks and reads when its finally finished next year; while I would also add that its often proved harrowing having to read about some horrific acts of cruelty, not only to adults but also to young and innocent children, and its shown how awful human nature can be sometimes, but then again I wholly accept that it goes with the territory of crime, which perhaps also shows why it’s by far the largest section of the book.

Anyway without waffling on too much about my own struggles, below is a list of the first 63 cases contained within this particular segment, and next week I begin working on the final 61 cases before moving on to property law. Phew!

1. Anguish v. State

2. Apprendi v. New Jersey

3. Backun v. U.S.

4. Blakely v. Washington

5. Blumenthal v. U.S.

6. Bouie v. City of Columbia

7. Bush v. Commonwealth

8. Carpenter v. U.S.

9. Cheek v. U.S.

10. City of Chicago v. Morales

11. Clark v. Arizona

12. Com. v. Berkowitz

13. Com. v. Fischer

14. Com. v. Milnarich

15. Com. v. Rhodes

16. Com. v. Twitchell

17. Com. v. Webster

18. Com. v. Williams

19. Commonwealth v. Blodgett

20. Cox v. People

21. Davidson v. State

22. Davis v. U.S.

23. Direct Sales Co. v. U.S.

24. Dixon v. State

25. Durham v. U.S.

26. Durland v. U.S.

27. Erwin v. State

28. Ewing v. California

29. Francis v. Franklin

30. Furman v. Georgia

31. Graham v. Connor

32. Graham v. Florida

33. Gregg v. Georgia

34. Harmelin v. Michigan

35. Hendershott v. People

36. Holdridge v. U.S.

37. Hopkins v. State

38. Hopps v. People

39. Hutto v. Davis

40. Jones v. Commonwealth

41. Jones v. City and County of San Francisco

42. Keeler v. Superior Court

43. Kotteakos v. U.S.

44. Lawrence v. Texas

45. Leland v. State of Oregon

46. Liparota v. U.S.

47. Lockett v. Ohio

48. Long v. State

49. McCleskey v. Kemp

50. McDonald v. U.S.

51. McNally v. U.S.

52. Montana v. Egelhoff

53. Mullaney v. Wilbur

54. New York Central & Hudson River Railroad Co. v. U.S.

55. Palmer v. State

56. Papachristou v. City of Jacksonville

57. People v. Barnes

58. People v. Beeman

59. People v. Berry

60. People v. Ceballos

61. People v. Decina

62. People v. Dioguardi

63. People v. Dohring

Happy 1st Birthday!

The Case Law Compendium: United States Law

Birthday Cake

Today marks exactly one year to the day that I first started writing the ‘voluminous’ Case Law Compendium: United States Case Law, and its pretty incredible to think that so much time has already passed, particularly given that I’m not even midway through the book  yet!

Anyway, needless to say my hard work continues on undaunted, and I’m hoping to share the first half of the criminal law section here in the next couple of weeks, so watch this space if you’re interested to learn more…

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The contract law section is now finished!

The Case Law Compendium: United States Law

Contract Law
‘Buttonwood Agreement’ by Unknown Artist

 July 20 2018

I am very pleased to announce that I have now completed the contract law chapter of the book, and so I can also share the contents here for those interested. There are a total of 47 cases available to read, and while it’s been a very insightful experience putting them all together, I genuinely hope they will help students get a quick grasp on the concept of contractual engagements, as well as the fundamental principles that frame them.

In all honesty contract law doesn’t have to feel like an overly complex field, and my conviction is that this section of the book (when it’s finished), will go a long way to dispelling the fears that many students doubtless carry into their Juris Doctor programs, and so without me droning on too much, below is the list of the historically notable contract-related cases included within the forthcoming Case Law Compendium: United States Law:

Contract Law

1. Alaska Packers Association v. Domenico

2. Allegheny College v. National Chautauqua County Bank of Jamestown

3. Ardente v. Horan

4. Austin Instrument Inc. v. Loral Corp.

5. Blatt v. University of So. California

6. Byers v. Federal Land Co.

7. Chicago Coliseum Club v. Dempsey

8. Embry v. Hargadine, McKittrick Dry Goods Co.

9. Feinberg v. Pfieffer Co.

10. Ferrera v. Nielsen

11. Globe Refining Co. v. Landa Cotton Oil Co.

12. Greiner v. Greiner

13. Groves v. John Wunder Co.

14. Halpert v. Rosenthal

15. Hamer v. Sidway

16. Hawkins v. McGee

17. Hill v. Gateway 2000 Inc.

18. Hobbs v. Massasoit Whip Co.

19. Hoffman v. Red Owl Stores Inc.

20. Hotchkiss v. National City Bank of New York

21. Jacob and Youngs v. Kent

22. Kirk La Shelle Co. v. Paul Armstrong Co.

23. Klocek v. Gateway Inc.

24. Leonard v. Pepsico Inc.

25. Lucy v. Zehmer

26. Mills v. Wyman

27. Murrow v. First National Bank of Hot Springs

28. Mutual Life Ins. Co. of New York v. Tailored Woman Inc.

29. Neri v. Retail Marine Corp.

30. Odorizzi v. Bloomfield School District

31. Ortelere v. Teachers Retirement Board of City of New York

32. Parker v. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

33. Peevyhouse v. Garland Coal & Mining Co.

34. ProCD Inc. v. Zeidenberg

35. Ricketts v. Scothorn

36. Rockingham County v. Luten Bridge Co.

37. Shaheen v. Knight

38. Sherwood v. Walker

39. Spooner v. Reserve Life Insurance Co.

40. Stop & Shop Inc. v. Ganen

41. Sullivan v. O’Connor

42. Sun Printing & Publishing Ass’n v. Remington Paper & Power Co.

43. U.S. for Use and Benefit of Crane Co. v. Progressive Enterprises Inc.

44. Vokes v. Arthur Murray Inc.

45. Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture Co.

46. Wood v. Boynton

47. Wood v. Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon

 

U.S. Civil Procedure cases? You got it.

The Case Law Compendium: United States Law

Celebration
‘Thumbs Up’ by Charles Greenburg

March 15 2018

I am very pleased to announce that after studying and writing around 73 historically significant United States civil procedure cases, this first chapter of my second case law compendium is now finally complete.

In all honesty it has been an absolute pleasure to work on, and I have learnt much about American law, and by comparison to English case law transcripts, this experience has revealed many judicial differences in both approach and determination, most of which lends an endearing quality to the American style of prose and execution, an outcome that comes as a pleasant, if not unexpected surprise, while it must be equally stressed that when embracing not only State but federal laws, the legal fabric of this diverse and yet oddly familiar country always keeps me excited and frustrated when tying up the necessary facts and vital components required.

On a side note, my relationship with the Bluebook is naturally  growing by the day, and I am glad to know that it’s not only me that finds it perplexing to navigate (as countless Google searches have testified), and yet if someone were willing to pay me, I would be happy to rewrite this complex little book so that maybe it might prove more ‘user friendly’, but I doubt that will happen anytime soon…

As a reward, I shall celebrate tonight with one or two American ales and few episodes of ‘Friends’ as tomorrow work will again begin on Constitutional Law, and needless to say I am very much looking forward to discovering even more about the laws and practices of the United States of America as the weeks and cases unfold.

 

 

 

 

Progress update

The Case Law Compendium: United States Law

Hurdles
‘Olympic Hurdles’ by Bob Peak

January 27 2018

I am pleased to write that I have just completed 36 United States civil procedure case studies, and we’re now almost into February 2018.

From an author perspective, I’m very happy with how things have so far progressed, and while there is still at least another year of work left before the book is anywhere near completion, it’s a healthy start, and one I can be very proud of.

When I set out to write this second compendium, I was vaguely aware of the scope behind its undertaking, however, I never accounted for the level of background study required to fully interpret and apply, federal and State jurisdictional citations, a la the notorious ‘Bluebook’, which has oddly enough proven itself the physical manifestation of the perhaps chaotic and somewhat disjointed affair that is United States law, in fact I feel like re-writing the Bluebook just to make sense of it all!

Nonetheless, it’s a process that compliments my methodical and organised approach to writing, thus my simplification of the cases has been relatively fluid; and I genuinely hope that the readers will embrace and appreciate the finished product when it’s eventually published.

I will stress that when constructing these kinds of books, it’s important to factor in time for the compilation of the cases, the numerous statutes, the glossary, the countless citations and accuracy of footnotes, the organisation of chapters and section breaks, all of which form the overall aesthetic of the compendium, and I suspect it’s not immediately obvious to users how much hard work and concentration goes into their preparation, so as to end up with a definitive and robust finished product; an area that I never truly understood nor appreciated, until I first began writing ‘The Case Law Compendium: English & European Law’.

In comparison to fiction, this type of educational resource requires a delicate blend of academic discipline and creative simplicity, and so I’m relieved to say that this volume is shaping up to be a very interesting read. I say this because there is a greater sense of getting to the point with US case transcripts, an urgency not typical to English law, yet which compliments my preferred writing style, and one I hope will serve the reader equally well when its finished.

On a side note, I have also been helping organise the textual layout of my wife’s upgraded online vintage store www.barefoot-vintage.co.uk, which has since run on for nearly three weeks, plus I recently contracted the H3N2 ‘Aussie Flu’ virus, to which five days of my life were unceremoniously snatched away, never to be returned, while I reflected upon my life as a whole and resigned myself to prolonged sleep deprivation and dramatic weight loss.

Fortunately, both of these temporary distractions are coming to an end, and so it will soon be back to business again, as I work through the remaining three-hundred and forty or so cases still left to analyse and simplify.

In closing, while it’s been nice to have somewhat of a break, I most definitely missed the world of case law, and I am once again, eager to get back in the saddle again, if only for reasons of sanity.

The Case Law Compendium: United States Law

Books

The Case Law Compendium: U.S. Law
‘Watercolour USA’ by Unknown Artist

26 November 2017

Today marks the commencement of my writing ‘The Case Law Compendium: United States Law’, the second instalment of ‘The Black Letter’ series of books, and my excitement is quietly simmering away as I begin preparing for the months ahead.

This compendium covers the principle law modules offered within leading American universities and Law Schools at Juris Doctor level, and will therefore include civil procedure, constitutional law, contract law, criminal law, property law and tort law. While I appreciate there has been a shift towards comparative and international law, particularly within educational institutions such as Harvard University, when similarly examining both Stanford and Yale, there appears an inclination to adhere to the core fields as shown above, hence I have decided to remain true to that ethos for simplicity’s sake.

While consciously adopting a linear approach, I aim to include around 385 case studies – well over twice the number found in ‘The Case Law Compendium: English & European Law’, and although there is perhaps obvious reason for this, particularly given the size and legal structure of American jurisdiction, I feel the end result will provide law students with more than sufficient insight into the mechanics of notable U.S. case law.

On a personal note, I am very much looking forward to this journey, and estimate that the book should be finished and available for purchase around summer of 2019, adding that I will consciously try to publish new case studies to this website where time permits.

In closing, I would like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to those of you who purchased my first book (or plan to soon) and I sincerely hope that my efforts have been of valued assistance when working towards your chosen vocations.

Faithfully

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