The Constitutional Rights of Children: In re Gault and Juvenile Justice (Paperback)David S. Tanenhaus (author)
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When fifteen-year-old Gerald Gault of Globe, Arizona, allegedly made an obscene phone call to a neighbor, he was arrested by the local police, tried in a proceeding that did not require his accuser's testimony, and sentenced to six years in a juvenile "boot camp"-for an offense that would have cost an adult only two months. Even in a nation fed up with juvenile delinquency, that sentence seemed excessive and inspired a spirited defense on Gault's behalf. Led by Norman Dorsen, the ACLU ultimately took Gault's case to the Supreme Court and in 1967 won a landmark decision authored by Justice Abe Fortas. Widely celebrated as the most important children's rights case of the twentieth century, In re Gault affirmed that children have some of the same rights as adults and formally incorporated the Fourteenth Amendment's due process protections into the administration of the nation's juvenile courts.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Number of pages: 172
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Tanenhaus's story allows for insights into the incorporation process, the role of the American Civil Liberties Union, oral argument, and the life of a case after it has been decided. . . . The author complements his study with a most useful chronology of events and a bibliographical essay."--Choice
"Tanenhaus places what happened to Gault in social, legal, and historical context and packs his retelling of the now-famous case with fascinating detail. Even those familiar with the case In re Gault will find Tanenhaus's behind-the-scenes insights revelatory."--Library Journal
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