(We The People The Bill of Rights defines and defends the ...)
We The People The Bill of Rights defines and defends the freedoms we enjoy as Americans -- from the right to bear arms to the right to a civil jury. Using the dramatic true stories of people whose lives have been deeply affected by such issues as the death penalty and the right to privacy, attorneys Ellen Alderman and Caroline Kennedy reveal how the majestic principles of the Bill of Rights have taken shape in the lives of ordinary people, as well as the historic and legal significance of each amendment. In doing so, they shed brilliant new light on this visionary document, which remains as vital and as controversial today as it was when a great nation was newly born.
(Can the police strip-search a woman who has been arrested...)
Can the police strip-search a woman who has been arrested for a minor traffic violation? Can a magazine publish an embarrassing photo of you without your permission? Does your boss have the right to read your email? Can a company monitor its employees' off-the-job lifestyles--and fire those who drink, smoke, or live with a partner of the same sex? Although the word privacy does not appear in the Constitution, most of us believe that we have an inalienable right to be left alone. Yet in arenas that range from the battlefield of abortion to the information highway, privacy is under siege. In this eye-opening and sometimes hair-raising book, Alderman and Kennedy survey hundreds of recent cases in which ordinary citizens have come up against the intrusions of government, businesses, the news media, and their own neighbors. At once shocking and instructive, up-to-date and rich in historical perspective, The Right to Private is an invaluable guide to one of the most charged issues of our time. "Anyone hoping to understand the sometimes precarious state of privacy in modern America should start by reading this book."--Washington Post Book World "Skillfully weaves together unfamiliar, dramatic case histories...a book with impressive breadth."--Time
Alderman received Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University.
Ellen Alderman met her co-author Caroline Kennedy, with whom she wrote two books examining aspects of United States constitutional law, while students at Columbia University School of Law.
The co-authors met and published their first work, In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action, in 1991.
With the release of the volume coinciding with the bicentennial of the adoption of the original ten amendments to the constitution, In Our Defense offers case studies and analysis of such principles as freedom of speech, the right to keep and bear arms, protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, and the Sixth Amendment guarantee of the right of the accused to confront prosecution witnesses in a court of law. Written for a nonspecialist audience, according to Carolyn Schurr of the New York Times Book Review, the survey “thoughtfully and provocatively” demonstrates the impact of the Bill of Rights on everyday Americans.
In The Right to Privacy (1995), Alderman and Kennedy combine case descriptions, personal accounts, and legal rulings pertaining to a variety of privacy cases, including the strip-search of women in Chicago for traffic violations, the publication of private information surrounding an adoption, the unauthorized television broadcast of a man’s death, and the unmonitored publication of private information on the Internet. The co-authors organize their material into sections, including “Privacy v. Law Enforcement,” “Privacy and Your Self,” “Privacy v. the Press,” “Privacy and the Voyeur,” and two areas gaining increased attention due to advances in technology, “Privacy in the Workplace” and “Privacy and Information.” Kennedy, as the daughter of late President John F. Kennedy, has been in the media spotlight her entire life. Alderman found her privacy invaded when someone stole her credit history from a computer file and then proceeded to open bank accounts with the information.
Alderman married William Harwood. They have four children.