Business Law

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Chapter

1

THE NATURE

AND

SOURCES

OF

LAW

A. Nature of Law and Legal Rights
1. LEGAL RIGHTS 2. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS 3. THE RIGHT OF PRIVACY 4. PRIVACY AND TECHNOLOGY

B. Sources of Law C. Uniform State Laws D. Classifications of Law

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4 Part 1 The Legal and Social Environment of Business

law – the order or pattern of rules that society establishes to govern the conduct of individuals and the relationships among them.

hy have law? If you have ever been stuck in a traffic jam or jostled in a crowd leaving a stadium, you have observed the need for order to keep those involved moving in an
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For Example, in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, Judge Lance Ito excluded some of the evidence the police had obtained from inside Mr. Simpson’s Ford Bronco, which was parked on the street outside his home. Judge Ito ruled that the officers should have first obtained a warrant for the locked vehicle, which was not going to be taken anywhere because Mr. Simpson was out of town at that time.

When Warrants Are Involved, No Brief Photographs
FACTS: In the early morning hours of April 16, 1992, a special team of Deputy U.S. Marshals and police officers executed warrants that had been issued against Dominic Wilson, who was wanted for robbery, theft, and assault and who had a “use caution” warning posted on law enforcement files and records. The team was accompanied by a reporter and a photographer from the Washington Post, who had been invited by the marshals to accompany them as part of a Marshals Service ride-along policy. The officers, with media representatives in tow, entered the dwelling noted in the warrant at 6:45 A.M. The home they entered and that was on the arrest warrant actually belonged to Dominic’s parents, Charles and Geraldine Wilson. Charles and Geraldine were still in bed. When they heard the officers enter the home, Charles Wilson, dressed only in a pair of briefs, ran into the living room to investigate. He

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