This annual supplement to West's Encyclopedia of American Law update and expand the content with dozens of new topics. The 2002 edition covers:
Major legal issues surrounding the September 11th Attacks: U.S. v. John Walker Lindh, Daniel Pearl kidnapping and murder, changes in civil liberties in the wake of the attacks, status of POWs held by U.S. military forces, new legislation like the PATRIOT Act and the Air Transportation Safety and Stabilization Act, trials of men accused of orchestrating bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, etc.
The Enron scandal
The Andrea Yates's murder trial
Revocation of Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence
Firestone/Ford Explorer tire blowout lawsuits
Major League Baseball's failed attempt to dissolve its franchises in Minnesota and Montreal
Also included are mportant constitutional issues:
U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Native American casinos are not exempt from paying gambling-related taxes
New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that a woman's right not to procreate outweighs her husband's right to procreate in a case about frozen embryos
U.S. Supreme Court decision on how the 2000 Census was conducted
First Amendment issues: whether a small Ohio town's permit requirements for door-to-door solicitors was a way to impeed Jehovah's Witnesses
Also whether the federal Child Pornography Prevention Act is unconstitutionally vague
This edition also contains a bibliography for further research.