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Week 1 Notes MC 4301
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Callie Burnett on Sunday August 30, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to MC 4301 at Texas State University taught by Francis E. Walsh in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 13 views. For similar materials see Media Law & Ethics in Journalism and Mass Communications at Texas State University.
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Media Law and Ethics Week 1 US Legal System Learn the 45 exact words to the 1st amendment Quiz next week Why should an advertising or public relations student study mass communications The role of the courts you cant start at the supreme court you start at the district court questions of fact appellate courts questions of law administrative courts courts within state and federal agencies note check legal glossary in the appendix of text Sources of law The Constitution US Constitution State Constitution Statutes and ordinances pomagating Common Law gt law not written not official Ex Marriage Administrative law Going to court Criminal Cases Offenses against society Defendant must hire attorney public defender Prosecutor hired by the state district attorney Civil Cases Legal case between two individuals plaintiff one brining the case defendant one whom case is against each party must hire own attorney civil suits not based on a breach of contract are tort actions A tort is any civil wrong that creates a right for the victim to sue the perpetrator Tort action relief Damages to compensate for the wrong that was committed general damages Compensation for intangible losses loss of reputation special damages outofpocket expenses that must be proven Loss of income Sometimes called actual damages punitive damages Judicial punishment for maliciously wrongful act
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