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

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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!

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

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‘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

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‘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.

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